– We wanna make sure that all pieces of the placenta have been removed. A placenta that is not completely removed, one, will continue to
cause postpartum bleeding, and two, is just a potential
site for infection. Occasionally you’ll look at a placenta and you’ll see it’s all there, but there might be a chunk
missing in the middle, and you know that there’s still some retained placental tissue
that needs to be removed, or the patient will continue to bleed, and possibly develop a uterine infection.