Fourth stage of labor
The hour or two after delivery when the tone of the uterus is established and the uterus contracts down again expelling any remaining contents. These contractions are hastened by breast-feeding, which stimulates production of the hormone oxytocin.

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a name sometimes applied to the immediate postpartum period.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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