The third and fourth stages of labor are typically defined as maternal events, but a normal third and fourth stage include mother and baby together — “motherbaby.”

This one-hour presentation focuses on management of the transition from pregnancy to mother and fetus to newborn for safety, promotion of maternal-infant attachment, and optimization of breastfeeding.

We’ll examine key issues in active and physiologic management of third stage, the evidence on skin-to-skin contact, suctioning the newborn’s airway, timing of umbilical cord clamping, and some heart-warming ways to foster parent-infant attachment.