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a-MAZE-ing Placenta

The a-MAZE-ing Placenta is an interactive and educational game that demonstrates the complexities of pregnancy and the many roles of the placenta in growing a healthy baby. The placenta transports nutrients and protects the baby from toxins or infections so a healthy placenta is essential for a healthy baby. By navigating the nutrient ball around the placenta maze and avoiding obstacles representing diabetes, smoking and pre-eclampsia, children of all ages can learn about the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease that underpins the work we do here in the Southampton Placenta Lab.

Since it’s creation in 2017, The a-MAZE-ing placenta tries to travel as much as it can and has visited hundreds of people, attending STEM events regularly as well as going to the Big Bang Science Fairs, the New Forest Show, Winchester Science Centre, conferences and schools/colleges. If you’d like to learn more about the placenta, please email Dr Emma Lofthouse.

a-MAZE-ing Placenta
Lord Winston finding his way around the A-MAZE-ing placenta
a-MAZE-ing Placenta
The Placenta Lab at IFPA's Before You Were Born event
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