Giving birth is one of the weirdest, most surreal and yet ordinary occurrences that happens around the world all day, every day.
But despite what is a fairly straightforward process (there are usually only two ways the baby can exit!), each culture sees the moment of giving birth and the days that follow it in its own unique, sometimes spiritual, way. Here are some fascinating ways other cultures mark childbirth.
1. The umbilical cord
The placenta isn’t the only part of the afterbirth worth saving. In Turkey, parents who want their children to be well-educated may throw the umbilical cord over a schoolyard wall, and some Australian Aboriginal nations make it into a necklace to protect the child from disease. In Japan, the umbilical cords are preserved in little wooden boxes and gifted to the mothers when they leave the hospital.
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