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What do the doctors do with the placenta after birth?

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Dr. Megan Bird
18 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends!: In any high risk or complicated deliveries, we send the placenta to pathology to look for any reason for the complications. In normal deliveries, the placenta is bundled together with other placentas and cremated. If you want to keep the placenta, you can ask your doctor. It does have to be handled in a special manner though. So let us know before your delivery.
Answered on Feb 1, 2016

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