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In this episode we’re talking about the amazing PLACENTA! Here’s an overview of what we cover, including the various resources we refer to:
- The general structure and function of the placenta
- Great article with in-depth explanation of the structure of placenta, including how/when it develops, blood flow patterns, etc.
- When in pregnancy that the placenta develops
- Typical size and various shapes of placentas
- Info about the umbilical cord – size, length, insertion into the placenta, abnormalities, etc.
- Info about circumvallate placentas
- Info about circummarginate placentas
- A good visual aid to see the difference between normal, circumvallate, and circummarginate placentas
- Where the placenta can implant in to the uterus
- Article from Spinning Babies about how an anterior placenta may impact fetal position
- Delivery of the placenta – when, how, what it usually feels like, and what to do if there are issues with this part of the birth
- Article about the different approaches to managing the third stage of labor (aka the delivery of the placenta)
- Issues with the placenta, including placenta previa, placental abruption, retained placenta, and abnormalities of implantation (i.e. accreta, increta, percreta)
- Signs of placental aging and what you can do to keep yours healthy
- Article on placenta encapsulation from Evidence Based Birth
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