Birthing Your Placenta: now available!

In case you missed it last week, Nadine Edwards and I are happy to announce that we have now fully revised and updated our Birthing Your Placenta book, and it’s now available worldwide!

This is the fourth edition of a popular book which has been written to help parents, professionals and others to understand the process and the evidence relating to the birth of the placenta.

So what’s it all about?

Have you ever thought about how the placenta is born? Did you know that there are actually three different approaches to the birth of the placenta within maternity care? Are you aware that research has shown significant advantages to the baby in taking a slower approach, however the placenta is born. Or that there is plenty of evidence to support a more natural approach for healthy women who would prefer that?

We examine the different options, detail the evidence relating to each and discuss the wider context in which these decisions are made. No matter what kind of birth you are hoping for, this book will help women understand the different options and it will help professionals to get updated on the evidence. Sara has also announced that a free copy of the book will be given to all participants in the first run of her new online course on the same topic.

The book is available from good bookstores or you can buy it online from Amazon UK, USA, Germany, FranceSpain, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and India.

It is also available as an e-book if you prefer that format or need it in a hurry, from Amazon UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia and India.


What’s new?

This fourth edition has been substantially expanded and updated. We have added a completely new chapter and carefully updated every section of the book with new evidence which has emerged since we published the previous version in 2011. We have added, for example:

(1) More evidence from recent Cochrane reviews and other research studies;

(2) Expanded sections on aspects of physiological placental birth, placental birth in water, the transition to extrauterine life, uterotonic drugs and manual removal of the placenta;

(3) More on optimal cord clamping, placenta rituals, placentophagy, cord tying/banding/burning and lotus birth.


About the Authors

Dr Nadine Edwards PhD is a long-standing birth activist, educator, researcher and writer. She currently works at and is a Trustee at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, Edinburgh. She is former Vice Chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services and is working on several books.

Dr Sara Wickham PhD is a midwife, educator and researcher who has been writing and lecturing about the birth of the placenta for more than twenty years. Sara is the author or editor of fifteen books, has edited three midwifery journals and provides in-person and online educational and consultancy services for midwifery, medical and health-related practitioners and organisations around the world.


A Few Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get it? This book is available from Amazon and good bookstores. We will also have copies with us at workshops and events. If you can’t get it in your country, please use my contact form and we’ll do our best to help. We’re also happy to mail out orders of 5 or more books if you want to get a few for clients, colleagues or friends.

How much is it? The recommended retail price is UK £10.00. It varies slightly on international sites.

Is it available as an e-book? Yes, the Kindle version is available from many Amazon sites, including Amazon UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia and India.


We are both really passionate about women, families and birth workers being able to access good-quality information. We very much hope that this update will help more people to understand the issues and make the decision that is right for them.