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Birthing Traditions

Did You Follow Any Customs or Rituals?


Different cultures celebrate births in various ways. In China, it is common practice for elders to cook chicken and rub the tongue of the bird over the child's lips in hopes of a good talker on her first birthday. Some Indian newborns are dropped off a tower 15 meters high onto a white sheet in hopes of a healthy and strong future. Down under in New Zealand and Australia, parents often take the placenta and bury it by a tree's roots to nourish and fertilize future blossoms.

Parents Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are planning on following the Aboriginal tradition and planting Levi's placenta in an orchard. According the actor, Matthew told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta that the custom is to bury the placenta of every member of a clan under a giant tree. The tree will become a "huge behemoth of just health and strength."

We baptized our daughter in our backyard and took her to our annual tamale making party, but that seems underwhelming when compared to some of the intricate traditions I have discovered. Did you institute any traditions or customs with your offspring?
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