Eileithyia was the daughter of Zeus, but not by his wife Hera. She may have had roots in Laconia in Elysia (the future lands of Sparta) and the root of her name. Her task was to prevent Leto from giving birth to Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Thereafter, she became the emblem and Greek goddess of childbirth. All of these should pay homage to her.
Eileithyia is arguably one of the most ancient known in pre-Hellenic goddesses. The fact that most and I, and you do not know of her indicates how important the ancients viewed a birth - equivalent to individual life. In essense, an individual begins existence when divided from his mother that, when the umbilical cord is cut. In a sense strange that "in-dividual", meaning indivisible, implies the opposite. For the ancients, the placenta belonged to the individual, another fact to ponder about. 

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