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The Placenta as a Research Biospecimen
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 41, Issue 6, pages 834–845, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Ryan, J. G., Davis, R. K. and Bloch, J. R. (2012), The Placenta as a Research Biospecimen. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: 834–845. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01420.x
- Issue published online: 26 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: MAY 2012
- National Children's Study;
- maternal fetal exposures;
- fetal development;
- developmental biology;
The placenta provides a unique opportunity to study the prenatal environment of the fetus to better understand subsequent infant and child health and illness. In this article we describe the role of the placenta as a research biospecimen, including placental morphology and cytokine biomarkers. Because of the role of the placenta in contemporary research, members of the perinatal health care team involved in birth have an important role in advancing science.