Together with Consulting Editor Dr. William Rayburn, Drs. D. Michael Nelson and Leslie Myatt have put together a unique issue that discusses The Human Placenta in Health and Disease. Expert authors have contributed clinical review articles on the following topics: Why obstetricians know the future health of the babies they deliver; How obstetricians can predict the future health of mothers after a complicated pregnancy; What obstetricians need to know about placental pathology; Immunology of the placenta; Diabetes mellitus, obesity, and the placenta; Intrauterine growth restriction and placental dysfunction; The placenta as the root cause for preeclampsia; Placental anatomy and function in twin gestations; Placental implantation disorders: accreta, previa, and abruptio placentae; Key infections in the placenta; Chorioamnion function in normal and abnormal pregnancy; The future for imaging modalities of the human placenta; Artificial reproductive technologies and the decidual and placental development interface; and When the fetus goes still and the birth is tragic: The role of the placenta in stillbirths. Readers will come away with the clinical information they need to improve outcomes in the women, mothers, and infants.
Edited by Michael Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., D. Michael Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. Virginia S. Lang Professor and Vice Chair Medical Director, WUSM MFM Transport Editor Emeritus, Placenta Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine and Leslie Myatt