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20 Beautiful Baby Traditions From Around The World

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Hey, we were attached

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In traditional Samoan culture, the well being of the baby is considered inherently attached to the health of the placenta. The connection isn’t just literal but mystical. Therefore, healthcare officials in Queensland, Australia have been trained to offer the placenta to the new parents post delivery. What happens then? Either close relatives take it and bury it close to the family home or the afterbirth is thrown into the ocean. Until this happens, parents believe the newborn is at risk of spiritual harm. Once this is successfully done, it is believed that the child, should he/she wander far away in adulthood, will always return to the comfort of home. Therefore, the placenta represents the idea of attachment.

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