This is my long-overdue book review. I must admit, I’m terrible at returning library books on time, and apparently, my book reviewing career is off to a similarly late start.
Jan Tritten of Midwifery Today graciously sent me a copy of Cornelia Enning’s book on placenta, with a simple request that I review it here. I’m sure she meant in a more timely fashion, when the book was first available. So, my apologies to Ms. Tritten, and I hope she forgives my tardiness. Perhaps a small fine would be in order?
Cornelia Enning is a pioneer in the use of placenta for treatment purposes. She has my highest respect, and it is intimidating to be asked to share my opinion on her work. The book is a quick and easy read, but it is packed full of information pertaining to all things placenta; a brief history of placenta rituals and practices, as well as a thorough recipe guide at the back. If you are curious about placenta and all its wonders, this book will definitely give you a broad base of knowledge that you will find helpful.
Ms. Enning’s admiration for the placenta is borne out via a thorough examination of the use of placenta in cultures around the world, and throughout time. I learned some new facts about placenta rituals that deepened my own respect for this amazing organ. It was gratifying to read the level of detail and commitment that some groups have in caring for the placenta, and in honoring the special role it plays in the life of a child.
The recipes Ms. Enning included at the end are very comprehensive. The sheer number of ways to prepare and use placenta after the birth should certainly encourage women to save this valuable connection to their baby, since there is sure to be at least one method that appeals to everyone.
Placenta: The Gift of Life can be purchased through Midwifery Today.