Birthing Your Placenta

Birthing Your Placenta has been written to help parents, professionals and others to understand the process and the evidence relating to the birth of the placenta. This is the fourth edition of a popular book co-authored by Nadine Edwards and Sara Wickham.


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?


What’s it all about?

This book has been written to help women make decisions about the birth of their placenta. We examine the different options and detail the evidence relating to each. We also discuss the wider context in which these decisions are made.

No matter what kind of birth you are hoping for, this book will help you understand your options.


The authors

Dr Nadine Edwards and Dr Sara Wickham are world renowned and respected researchers and writers.

Both have a long-standing interest in the birth of the placenta and the evidence relating to this.

This is a completely revised and updated edition of their popular book on this topic.

Please be aware that previous editions of this book are now out-of-date and contain information that is no longer correct.


The book is available from good bookstores or you can buy it online from Amazon UK, Amazon Australia,, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and India. It’s also available on Kindle as an e-book if you prefer. And Birthing Your Placenta is also available on Kobo – and on many other ebook platforms.


You can also see all of my placental birth resources here:

Placental birth resources


What’s new in Birthing Your Placenta?

This fourth edition, published in late 2018, 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 back 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 many good bookstores. We will also have copies with us at workshops and events.


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 Amazon UK and you can buy the ebook from many other retailers too.


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