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Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage is a serious, but rare, condition in which a woman experiences excessive bleeding following the delivery of a baby. It can occur at any point up to 12 weeks postpartum. For women and their families, understanding the risks and signs of postpartum hemorrhage is the first step in getting prompt treatment.

Lower Your Risk

PPH is rare, but there are some things that can make you more likely to experience it than other women:

  • A history of PPH
  • Some medical conditions increase the risk of PPH
  • Asian and Hispanic women are more likely than others

Consult your health care provider to determine if you have any risks that may increase your chance of PPH.

Prevention of PPH is not always possible, but clinical evidence shows that prompt assessment and treatment improves outcomes. The Military Health System is standardizing a program to identify mothers at risk and deliver prompt treatment. The Postpartum Hemorrhage Bundle, based on the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, uses best-practices from national initiatives to decrease the rising complication rates for mothers during delivery and postpartum periods.

Signs & Symptoms

Postpartum hemorrhage signs and symptoms

If you experience any of the symptoms of postpartum hemorrhage, contact your health care provider immediately. 

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How Health Care for New Mothers is Improving Across the MHS

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The post-partum hemorrhage bundle campaign trained all clinicians that provide OB services at military hospitals, giving them resources and tools to provide patients and staff information and/or training about PPH and how to respond in the event of a PPH event.

DHA implements standard practices to improve maternal outcomes

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DHA-PI 6025.35 provides guidance for implementation of a postpartum hemorrhage bundle at all MTFs providing obstetrical care.

Guidance for Implementation of the Postpartum Hemorrhage Bundle (PPHB)


Establishes the DHA's procedures for military medical treatment facilities providing obstetrical (OB) care to implement standardized PPHB practices.

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Last Updated: April 13, 2023
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