What is Placental Encapsulation?

By Lance Madigan
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Have you heard of placental encapsulation?  The placenta (also known as afterbirth) is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, provide thermo-regulation to the fetus, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply, fight against internal infection and produce hormones to support pregnancy. The placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to growing babies and removes waste products from the baby's blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of the uterus, and the baby's umbilical cord develops from the placenta. The umbilical cord is what connects the mother and the baby.


5 Things You Should Do Before Delivery

By Collin Searle
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When you first get pregnant, it seems like 9 months is FOREVER. Sharing in the love of a new little bundle of joy is exciting and all you can think about is holding that baby in your arms. But before you know it, you have your baby showers behind you and just a big belly in the front, with your due date around the corner. Check out our list of To Do’s that you’ll want to do BEFORE that new baby enters the world.

Kindergarten Registration Begins Soon, Are Your Kids Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

By Tamara Sheffield, MD
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It may seem like fall is a long way off, but most Utah school districts start kindergarten registration in February. For parents, this means collecting birth certificates and other important information, including vaccination records.

In Utah, children are required by law to be protected against certain childhood illnesses through immunization.  This not only protects the child, but helps to create a “wall of immunity” among those that can’t be vaccinated. If there are enough people that are protected against a disease due to vaccination, it means that a disease has a very hard time getting a start in a community. It is kind of like keeping surfaces in your home clean – if there is nowhere for disease to grow and thrive, it will die off when it has no place to go.