15 Fascinating Photos That Celebrate the Placenta in All Its Gory Glory

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The placenta has been getting a lot of attention in recent years for its supposed healing properties (as Keeping Up With the Kardashians fans know!), but it's still pretty underappreciated as organs go. And that's a shame, according to Dutch photographer Marry Fermont, who has turned her lens to the oft-overlooked afterbirth for a fascinating photo series. Placentas are truly incredible, and it's important to Fermont to highlight how beautiful and necessary the placenta is to the experience of childbirth. 

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"Without this organ, there would be no baby," Fermont told CafeMom. "This is why I think it's important to have a photo."

Fermont says the first time she ever saw a placenta was during her midwifery studies. "It was in my first year and we came into class at 8 in the morning and on several desks there was a fresh placenta from that night," she says. "I was so excited, it was the first real thing I saw that had anything to do with birth. I found it so fascinating that this was the home of a baby for nine months!" 

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The placenta is indeed pretty fascinating, even if it's not particularly pretty. Read through our slideshow to see some truly unforgettable images, and check out Fermont's blog and Facebook page for more! 

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