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THE AMAZING PLACENTA A Selfless Servant

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Someone once asked an expectant lady, “How many days are there in a month?”  She responded, “Each month has 30-31 days except for the last month of pregnancy which has 1,453!”

Even with all the labour pains, one of the greatest joys in life is the welcoming of a new baby into the world.  But none of this would be possible without that which is soon afterward discarded as medical refuse.  I talk of the placenta, the selfless servant of the pregnant woman.  “Placenta” is the Latin word for “cake” because at full term it resembles such in shape – being seven inches in diameter and two inches in thickness.

The Placenta At The Beginning Of Pregnancy – The placenta starts at the very moment of conception.  When the sperm divides the egg into two, one half of the egg begins to become the baby and the other half of the egg begins to become the placenta.  And weeks before the woman suspects she is pregnant, the placenta is already at work producing hormones that will make the mother’s body, although somewhat different in genetic make-up from the baby’s body, completely compatible one with the other.

The Placenta Throughout The Pregnancy – For the next nine months, the placenta will transfer oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the baby and carbon dioxide and waste products back from the baby. ……
Not only this, but also all the while the baby’s vital organs are developing and maturing, they are (with the exception of the heart) essentially useless.  So the placenta temporarily serves as the baby’s lungs, kidneys, digestive system, liver and immune system. And it does it so well that a baby can actually survive until birth even when one or more of these vital organs sadly fail to develop in its own body.

The Placenta At The Conclusion Of Pregnancy – By the end of pregnancy, the placenta is very securely attached to the uterus wall and there are up to twenty arteries between the uterus and placenta, allowing for the large amount of blood bypass flow now required from mother to baby (a pint a minute).  Following birth, the placenta then abruptly detaches itself completely from  uterus, leaving those twenty arteries wide open to bleed.  However, the placenta leaves behind precisely placed muscular sphincters that act like a purse string or a surgeon’s hemostat, to immediately close off the loss of blood.  As a result, a normal birth involves the loss of only about a pint of blood.

Now researchers have discovered two new additional details about the amazing placenta.  One, the placenta  has a built-in clock that signals the body as to when it is to go into labour (and the  hope is one day to be able to control that to prevent pre-mature births).  And two, it is the placenta that produces a special chemical that  stops the mother’s immune system from seeing the baby as a foreign object that needs to be killed (and the hope is one day to be able to reproduce the same as a way to stop a person’s immune system from seeing an organ transplant as a foreign object to be killed).

The bottom line?  And evolutionists tell us that things like the amazing placenta came about purely by chance.