Examination of the Placenta

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Examination of the placenta is a procedure all midwives are familiar with, but why is it so important and what can the placenta reveal about maternal and neonatal wellbeing?

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Performed as soon as possible after birth, examination of the placenta is a unique opportunity to explore and understand the intrauterine environment. It also provides a record of events that may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcome.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Karla Pickering
31 Aug 2020
This was a handy 4min resource to confirm knowledge and eliminate risks of not identifying problematic issues.
Viki Jarvis
17 Sep 2020
Informative for care of mother and child post partum . Also being able to assess the placenta with midwife and Provide best care and outcomes to mother and child post partum.
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Fiona Watson
08 Sep 2020
great, easy to ready informative piece
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Sumitra Kumar
06 Sep 2020
Very clear and precise information
Jasmine Blanusa
01 Sep 2020
I felt this resource was concise, clear and covered all areas of placental examination. I learned new knowledge (or knowledge once learnt in university but at the back of my brain) and refreshed knowledge I already knew.
Jacinta Blythe
09 Sep 2020
Great resource
Georgia Pearson
02 Sep 2020
Very informative and comprehensive while being concise
Michelle Sweatman
01 Sep 2020
Very inforamative study.
Emma Ryan
08 Sep 2020
Quick update, useful guide and pictures. Up to date references and information
Gordon Conry
09 Sep 2020
This was important to my skill retention. I will review this again.
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