Labor & Delivery: Placenta

After Baby comes the placenta. Find out what to expect during the afterbirth and what happens to the placenta after it's delivered.

The placenta is the organ that connects the baby to you. It is the organ through which all your oxygen and nutrient exchange takes place. After the baby is born your body realizes that it doesn't need the placenta anymore. So once the cord is cut and baby is safely in your arms, the placenta is delivered. This is usually really easy after all that pushing you've done. Usually the placenta comes very naturally on its own and you don't have to worry about it. In rare cases where the placenta doesn't come, we can either remove it manually or we do a procedure called a D & C which is a quick, gentle suction procedure to empty out the uterus. If you'd like to take your placenta home with you, you can usually have it. The hospital will usually require that you to fill out some paperwork and it's yours.