The most interesting placenta I’ve seen all year…

TP07Brought to you by my friend and colleague Tara Windmill-Robson of Mindful Midwifery, I have awesome placenta pictures to share today!

But this isn’t only about show and tell; neither of us have seen a placenta quite like this one (and, between us, we’ve seen a lot of placentas!) and we would love to know if anyone else has …

Over to Tara for an explanation in words…

“These amazing placenta pictures were taken after I attended a woman in her home as her independent midwife.

This woman’s placenta is one of the wonderful unusual sorts, the kind that gets me questioning but also very excited and passionate! My client had a normal birth at home after having her first baby by Caesarian section. Her labour and birth was peaceful and by candle light. It was a late spring night, it was windy and there were many trees and owls outside that could be heard calling in the baby, who came into the world quite swiftly and  followed almost immediately by her placenta!


Upon my thorough exploration of the placenta a short time after, I noted that the cord was clearly attached to the chorion. The amnion had slipped back after my client’s waters had spontaneously and naturally broken due to the pressure of the baby’s head, and clearly – as you can see in the photos – the vessels go right through the chorion!  I think these pictures really sum up the intricacies and complexities of this miraculous organ, it can have such  potential fragility and gauziness that can only really be seen and known after its birth. 

I think it’s important to mention here that my practice as a home birth midwife has taken me past the need for intervention unless in an emergency. I do not carry out the rupturing of membranes as a routine at all, as it doesn’t fit with the normal physiology of labour and birth and I strongly believe it is not safe practice to risk doing this at home.  This picture makes me so glad that I don’t routinely break women’s waters and that the women I work with tend to choose physiological placental birth, as unnecessary medical intervention could easily have caused problems and harmed the integrity of this particular placenta.”

TP04Over to you for your thoughts…

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