If you want to keep your placenta, you should ensure that your choice is clearly documented in the Birth Plan section of your South Australian Pregnancy Record.
Please be aware that if you or your baby have any of the following conditions, your care provider will likely want to send your placenta for testing. They must still ask for your consent for this to happen.
- Prolonged rupture of membranes
- Suspected maternal / fetal infection
- Small or Large baby for gestational age
- Poor APGAR scores
- Thick meconium
- Baby or maternal retrieval
- Recurrent fetal loss
- Perinatal death
- Pre-eclampsia / eclampsia
- Thrombophilic conditions
- Drug or alcohol misuse
- Placenta Previa
- Abnormal placenta / retained placenta
- Umbilical cord abnormality
- Multiple pregnancy
- Category 1 LSCS
- Medical officer request
Remember you can always ask for more information about what and why they want to test your placenta and if they expect to find anything. If they do expect to obtain further information from your placenta's histopathology, what will you and your care provider do with that information? Will it make a difference to the care you and your baby receive?
If your placenta is sent to pathology, it will be unsuitable for you to encapsulate or make other remedies to consume, but you can still honour it with prints, jewellery and a burial ceremony.