But in the process of getting the photo's of placenta encapsulation from my fabulous readers I also got some really amazing pictures of placentas that were not being encapsulated. One mom sent me a picture of her battledore placenta (where the cord is inserted near the side rather than right in the middle) and a twin mom sent me the picture of her great big twin placenta.
(Note- some of these pictures are graphic, show blood, or the process of birthing the placenta. If you don't feel comfortable with that, just exit quietly now. It's OK.)
|A battledore placenta is one in which the cord has inserted on the side or border rather than in the middle. It doesn't alter the function of the placenta but is rare. How cool is that picture!|
|Same battledore placenta but from another angle. This smooth side of the placenta is what faced the baby. The other side of the placenta is what looks bumpy and is what is attached to the uterus.|
|Great picture of a placenta with the cord still attached. Notice how this one has a typical insertion. This mom was getting ready to have her placenta encapsulated.|
She said, "Here are two pictures of my placenta(s) from my twin fraternal birth. One of the placenta and one of my doula showing it to me. I was in shock at how HUGE it was!"
Yes, your body will create a placenta for the baby(s) you are growing!
|A GREAT BIG TWIN PLACENTA.|
|And look at that twin nursing mama!|
The next two pictures are of the placenta being birthed. This is also known as the third stage of labor. There is some blood involved at this point, of course. When the placenta detaches from the uterus where it has been attached there is a "wound" you could say where it has been attached for all this time and blood comes out as part of the birth process.
|The placenta will be examined after it is delivered to be sure that it is totally intact. Notice the bag or membranes as they are attached to the placenta. Inside lived the baby, surrounded by a cushion of amniotic fluid. We are wonderfully made.|
|The side that was implanted in the uterus.|
|Flipped, showing the membranes or "bag" that housed the baby and which is also attached to the placenta.|
The next few pictures show another placenta from a few different angles.
|The umbilical cord with baby still attached before the placenta has delivered.|
|Placenta JUST after delivery.|
|Picture of the amniotic sac still attached to the placenta.|
|The "baby" side of the placenta with vessels visible.|