What Are MIIPs? / Bleeding After Childbirth
What is postpartum hemorrhage?
Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive bleeding after giving birth. It usually happens right after delivery but can also happen in the days after giving birth.
What causes postpartum hemorrhage?
There are many causes of postpartum hemorrhage. The most common cause is weak muscles of the uterus, or womb. Normally the muscles of the uterus tighten up, or contract, right after giving birth. This helps squeeze the blood vessels in the uterus to stop them from bleeding. Sometimes the uterus muscles do not contract enough. This can allow the blood vessels in the uterus to bleed.