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Old 04-19-2006, 06:01 AM   #11
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Oh so gross !!!!!!

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Old 04-19-2006, 10:38 AM   #12
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Cord blood can be saved, it is not routine in most places. One can have the cord blood saved and the stem cells frozen.

There are two ways to do it as I understand. One is donate the cells to a general bank, who can then give them to anyone who needs them. They are not held in reserve for the specific donor.

The other is to have the blood reserved for the individial child, which incurs a cost. But no one else is supposed to get those cells.

Cord blood is taken by most, if not all states, and sent to the state to examine it for certain congenital diseases. But preserving the stem cells is not the norm.

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Old 04-19-2006, 11:19 AM   #13
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Most mammals eat the placenta as it gives them a nutritional kick start of much needed protien, iron, and other nutrients that will help them quickly return to full strength, and that will also help them with extra nutrition for producing enough milk for the youngens.

That being said, even though I'm a pretty adventurous guy when it comes to food, I couldn't do that one. It's beyond even me (and I've tried erthworms, and they were disgusting!)

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Old 04-19-2006, 12:15 PM   #14
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Thanks Goodweed for the above explanation of a possible explanation of why some mammals eat the placenta. The only explanation I had heard was if left to rot, the odor would be a radar for predators that a new born was a potential lunch. If I see the afterbirth of my goats, I have a tendency to remove it so she can not eat it and I never knew if I was doing the correct thing. I mean, they will chomp it down like it was nothing but it does take them a while to eat it all, it is quite large. I just can't stand to watch them eat it. So you may ask why I watch. You need to, to make sure the birthing process has gone smoothly and is over. More than once I have been asked by a vet, what did the after birth look like?

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