Humans and underwater animals are the only mammals that don’t eat their placentas.
Don't follow the celebs: eating the placenta has no proven benefits, and could be dangerous.
We need to change the way we monitor the pregnancies of women born in South Asia to reduce their chance of a stillbirth.
Women born in South Asian countries like India or Pakistan are more likely to have a stillbirth than women born in Australia or New Zealand.
Cytomegalovirus infection in the womb is more common in Australia than infection with listeria or toxoplasma in pregnancy.
We can prevent congenital deafness and intellectual disability due to cytomegalovirus by simple hygiene measures. So, why don't pregnant women know about this?
Developing lizard embryo beneath placental tissues.
Taking the placenta as a case study, researchers are able to piece together how new organs evolve, by repurposing old tissues and using them to do new jobs.
Researchers are trying to understand how maternal immune responses might contribute to certain neurological disorders in offspring.
A pregnant woman's immune response may be a risk factor for some neurological conditions like autism and schizophrenia in the baby later on.
There’s a battle for resources going on in there.
Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
The placenta plays a critical role in pregnancy, fetal development and health throughout life.
An incredibly complex and important organ in its own right, the placenta is only found in mammals. And how it functions has the potential to have profound effects on the lifelong health of the developing foetus.