It’s The Best Baby Photo EVER… Look Closely At The Umbilical Cord.
In the United States, there's a standard procedure that occurs when babies are born: After the child arrives, it's followed by it's placenta, attached by an umbilical cord. Someone snips the cord, and the child is placed in its mother's arms.
However, in Maori culture, there is an ancient cultural practice called "whenua," which leaves the umbilical cord and placenta attached to the baby for a time, before returning it to the earth. Emma, a new mother from Brisbane, shared this tradition on social media, and she did so by uploading a striking photo of her own child before the placenta and umbilical cord were removed. See more of her story, and this incredible image, below.
After the above image got over 2,500 likes in just two days, Emma was in shock. "‘I did not expect to get such a huge response to the image," she said in an interview.
"I decided to take this image of Harper as I wanted to show what a physiological birth looks like as most people have never seen a baby still connected to their placenta," she explained. "I knew it was important to talk about the Maori tradition in my post, as the placenta is not something that is appreciated or honored in the Western culture. It is generally discarded, ignored and considered disgusting. However, without the placenta, none of us would be here."
After being removed, the placenta will be buried in Emma's homeland. Even if it's a difficult custom for some to understand, one thing is certain: Mothers like Emma, who share their unusual stories, can have a profound impact on how different parts of the world view childbirth.
What do you think about this unusual tradition?
Source: Daily Mail