My interest in the placenta began back in the late 1980's, with the arrival of a new pathologist, Dr. Steve Lee. After nearly 5 years of grossing an occasional placenta, suddenly my technique wasn't good enough. Under Dr. Lee's tutelage (okay, nagging to improve LOL) I began to read and learn about the placenta. And then I began to write down what I was learning and of course, began to share it with my PA peers - well, and anyone else that might listen ! Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your point of view) this coincided with a jump in the number of placentas being sent to pathology for examination.

My textbook "The Placenta: To Know Me Is To Love Me. A reference guide for gross placental examination" began as an AAPA workshop handout in 1996, and was published as a gross room and delivery room guide in 1998. A few years later, I created the "Companion Atlas CD" to illustrate some gross placental features and pathology. Along the way, I lectured for various medical professional groups, wrote a few articles for the Newsletter of the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA), and wrote the article "Placental Triage of the Singleton Placenta" for the American Journal of Nurse Midwifery in 2000.

Below are links to those articles, photos and various teaching tools I created during those years. Of note: they are pdfs of scanned published originals and prints of kodachrome slides, so quality isn't always the best but they're still readable.

Happy reading !
Doris