I had a retained placenta after my first delivery. The labor and delivery went very well. I was pretty much induced. Came in with contractions, they broke my water and gave pitocin to speed up labor. I had an epidural. Pushed for 35 minutes. Total labor of about 8 hours. All was much easier and less painful than I thought it would be. I thought I was finally done, only to find out the placenta would not budge. By this time, the epidural had been taken out for quite awhile. The Dr. said he needed to remove the placenta manually right there or take me back to surgery, my choice. I opted for manual removal. They gave me nubain, which only made me groggy. I felt EVERYTHING! It was the most painful and traumatic experience of my life and I will never forget it. He had to go in twice to make sure that he got all of it. The whole experience took about 2 minutes DH tells me, but it seemed an eternity to me. I'm sure I scared the heck out of other laboring mothers with all the screaming! My question is, has anyone had this happen in subsequent pregnancies? I want another child, but am terrified that this will happen again, and I'm not even pregnant yet! Also, was anyone given a c-section because of this happening before, or do they just let you try natural again and see what happens? Lastly, do the Dr's have any safety measures set up for the next delivery so they are ready should it happen again?