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Did you know that—
In the 16th century, a piece of placenta was added to the mother’s first postpartum meal in southern Germany?
Or that in the 1970s Cuba exported 40 tons of human placentas to a French laboratory after discovering that it could be used to successfully treat vitiligo, a condition that causes the skin to lose pigment?
Or that, even today, in many areas of the world, if a child needs special protection, a dried part of the placenta is tied around his neck?
These facts and more can be found in Motherbaby Press’s seminal publication: Placenta: The Gift of Life. Do you want to use your baby’s placenta for a birth ritual or as an aid to bonding and breastfeeding? This book contains comprehensive and up-to-date information on how the placenta has been used in the past, medical uses throughout the world, and how individuals can make use of the placenta in a variety of ways. This may involve burial under a certain kind of tree, drying for use as a lucky charm, or even ingestion as a medicine.
Placenta: The Gift of Life combines the experiences of midwives, doctors, and naturopaths with our ancestors’ traditions, and saves some old recipes from oblivion. Learn about:
Historical uses of the placenta
The use of the placenta in postpartum healing and breastfeeding
Regulation and current medical and cosmetic uses of the placenta in various countries
Scientific evidence supporting the medicinal uses of placenta
How to process placenta for medical use
Recipes for using the placenta
Placenta: The Gift of Life.
Cornelia Enning, Author; Cheryl K. Smith, Editor.
2007. Motherbaby Press. ISBN 978-1-890446-40-6
80 pages, paperback