Placenta: The Gift of Life
Information on the role of the placenta in different cultures, and how to prepare and use it as medicine

The Author and Editor

Author: Cornelia Enning has been a licensed midwife in Germany since 1972. She received a B.E. in psychology and pedagogy in 1972 from the University of Berlin. She has been doing homebirths and waterbirths since 1975 and is the founder of the German parents association "Wasserbabies." Cornelia is editor of the quarterly Wasserbaby-Post and author of several books about waterbirth at home and in hospitals. She directs the German Federation of Aquapaedagogik and instructs parents in water training for newborns. In addition, she has taught waterbirth midwifery to more than 4000 midwives and obstetricians. Cornelia has two adult children and one granddaughter.

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Editor: Cheryl K. Smith, BS, JD, was the managing editor for Midwifery Today from 2005 to 2009. She wrote for and edited Midwifery Today magazine and edited several books published by Motherbaby Press, including Placenta: The Gift of Life (2007), Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse (2008), and The Power of Women (2009). She has also raised miniature dairy goats since 1998 and is the author of Goat Health Care (karmadillo Press, 2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (Wiley, 2010).

Placenta: The Gift of Life Learn how to use the placenta in ointments, essences and other remedies.
Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse Learn how sexual abuse affects women during pregnancy and childbirth and what you can do to help.
Brought to Earth by Birth Enjoy this stunning collection of photographs by one of the world's master birth photographers.
The Power of Women Discover the power of shared birth stories and the difference they can make in our lives.