Regardless of whether or not you have given birth, you're probably at least familiar with placenta. But if you are pregnant, you might not know about all the amazing things your donated placenta can do. Since I had a Cesarean section, the medical staff simply removed my placenta, which my partner said, "looked like meat." At the time I wasn't very knowledgeable about the various options available, such as donation, traditional burial, or encapsulation. Looking back, I wish I had been.
To give you a brief refresher on why this organ is so important, "this structure provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby's blood," according to the official site for the Mayo Clinic. If the placenta can accomplish so much for you and your little one while in your uterus, imagine the benefits it could provide outside the womb in a medical situation. Technology, medical knowledge, and science have all come a long way, especially in terms of maternal and fetal health. With all the advancements made in those fields, it's still astonishing how just one organ can be utilized in many different ways. So if you're considering donation, check out all these amazing things your donated placenta can do.