What happens to my placenta after delivery?

The midwife will take it to another room and check that it is all there and normal. If bits are missing, they may still be inside your womb and you are then at risk of bleeding or infection. This needs to be noted. Sometimes, the placenta needs to be sent for tests. If not, it is disposed of at the hospital. In cases of home birth it usually goes back to hospital to be disposed off. If you would like to keep it, say, to plant under a tree in your garden, write this in your birth plan and the staff will return it to you.
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