The polarising photos of placentas.

By: Monet Moutrie for cord.

When I work with clients, I find that they fall into one of two camps: they either can’t wait to see their placenta…or they’ve specifically asked me not to photograph it.

Placentas are polarising.

On one hand, they are these incredible organs that nourish your baby, and then leave your body once the job is done. The intricacy in a placenta is stunning…and they are each as unique as the babies they support.

On the other hand, they are organs…and for some people, the sight of an internal organ on the outside is a bit shocking.

In many hospitals, placentas are treated as a biohazard. When I gave birth to my daughter, I didn’t even get a chance to examine my placenta. I WISH someone had taken a picture! I wish someone had taken the time to show and explain it to me.

And so when I photograph births, I always make an effort to take at least one picture of my client’s placenta….just in case they want to see it in the future. Below, are twelve incredible and beautiful images. (If you can’t tell, I fall in the first camp that finds these organs absolutely amazing!)

Would you want your placenta photographed?

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TAP on the image below and scroll through the gallery to see the amazing images…


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