9 responses to “Placenta Burial”

  1. Rebekah Costello

    That was lovely.

  2. loz

    That is beautiful thank you for sharing

  3. Kel

    i got all teary looking at these pics, must still be a bit hormone whacky! my other thought was if its the mum in the pics, then how the hell is she managing to squat so soon after birth, maybe thats what was bringing tears to my eyes! over identification…

  4. Lisa Barrett

    It was quite a long time after the birth Kel!!

  5. Rose

    The word Whenua also means earth or land in Maori. It was so lovely working in NZ, where the placenta was (generally) given much more respect, which it deserves!!

  6. Kel

    oh yeah..i forgot about modern tings like freezers!

  7. midwifemuse

    I have 4 placenta’s, my Grandchildren’s, buried in my garden. Son and DIL are having a baby next month and have asked me to bury their baby’s as well. My response? Thank you

  8. Adrienne

    I got a bit teary reading the maori blessing, and i’m not pregnant.. i think its amazing. I am considering having a large pot in which to plant a small tree in, using the placenta as food for it, when A gives birth to our 2nd baby in March. if we owned our house i would bury the placenta outside, but cause we dont i want to be able to take the tree or plant with us when we move.

  9. Rel

    When I lived in NZ I gathered that the Maori bury the placenta at their tribe’s marae, or meeting house, which means the child always belongs there. Modern Maori tend to plant it in a pot plant. When I had my first child we were in a rented house and the midwife dissuaded me, saying that in the uk foxes may dig it up. So they took it away but I still have to this day pot plants for each of my children, chosen to be flowering on their birthday, and photos have been taken annually to compare the child’s height with her plant! When they grow up I’d like to give them cuttings to keep. Incidentally, our mothers also still have the Rose bushes that we presented at our wedding, and we get annual photos of their glorious flowers! I am definitely keen on the idea of prints of the placenta, which I hadn’t heard of before.