Posted by: babybumper | November 11, 2010

Placenta Spaceship: What does the Placenta do?

My husband speaks with horror about the time he had to watch a video of a woman give birth in a first aid class (his teacher was crazy). His synopsis,

“First came the alien; then came his spaceship!”

This Spaceship, also known as the Placenta or Afterbirth is the only vital but disposable organ. You cannot have a healthy baby without a healthy placenta! This lifeline has many crucial functions, which I will explore in upcoming posts:

  • Transportation
  • Protection
  • Hormone secretion
  • Communication

Doctor Oz produced an interesting segment on the placenta. It serves as a beneficial introduction to this fascinating organ. Warning: placenta pictures follow the video.

As Doctor Oz says, the placenta is the ultimate life support machine. It provides an interface between the mother and the baby. The placenta is much more than a heart/lung machine. This vital organ also acts as the kidneys, liver, and intestines of the unborn child. Immune factors are also passed on to the baby. The placentas he displayed were old, dried out, and preserved. The organs I see at work are beautiful fresh and vibrant, more like this one:


Fresh Blue Placenta by rkimpeljr


I disagree with Dr. Oz explanation of a seemingly “sticky placenta” which has to be pulled on in order to separate, and be born. He said, “the placenta won’t come off by itself.”  This may be true for a c-section, but not a vaginal delivery. I will address this issue later, but suffice it to say, just as it is safer for a baby to be pushed out of the womb, not pulled, the mother can easily push the placenta out without assistance.


Red Placenta by rabble


I have become fascinated over the precision of the placenta; meticulousness that medicine is far from achieving. I can’t wait to share these things with you!! The Creator of both the “alien” and the “spaceship” designed a disposable but critical life-sustaining, life-growing organ for the unborn child.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Psalm 130:13-17


Fearfully Made by Emery Co Photo




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