Preparation Period

Myths Vs Facts of Burying the Baby’s Placenta

Written by: Amicis

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For Mommy who had just given birth, there are various taboos after childbirth or giving birth myths, such as burying placenta as an obligation. Not only parents who encouraged this action, parents-in-law or even grandparents often remind Mommy to celebrate an event of burying the placenta. 

Yes, the procession of burying placenta well known in our society. This is certainly not surprising, because this country where we were born has a long history of high civilized ancestors. Each stage of life must be passed with many rituals and philosophies. Starting from the process of engagement, weddings, 7-month pregnancy, until burying the placenta are carried out with full of reverence.

Mommy is certainly curious whether burying the placenta is a myth or something which should be done medically. Mommy should know the truth so that Mommy does not get caught between myth and fact.

The Roles of Placenta

Indeed, the placenta is something exalted and respected in our society. Because the placenta is the sole source of food for the baby while still in the womb. 

Without placenta, it is impossible to survive in the womb. Because of this vital function, Mommy needs to respect this by burying this object in the appropriate place after the baby is born into the world.

Myths Vs Facts

Some Mommies probably already know that the placenta needs to be buried in the yard. However, some of them chose to bury it at the parents’ or parent-in-law’s house. Does it make any difference to the growth and life of the baby in the future?

Here are the list of child birth myths and the meanings : 

Placenta buried in the yard. Burying the placenta in the yard is surely the most appropriate way to dispose this thing. Yes, of course Mommy thought it would be impossible if the placenta is thrown in the trash, or even dumped in the river. So, without any intention of occult or so, burying placenta is the most appropriate way to get rid of this thing. 

Placenta’s burial spot is given light for several months. For some people, it is considered to have occult significance of its own as the fairy will keep the baby and so on. Indeed, the provision of this lamp is intended to mark the spot as well as to give signs for people passing by the house for not making noises, because the noises will make the baby cranky. 

Placenta’s burial spot is given a variety of spices, ranging from bay leaves, Arabic and Latin writings, brown rice, and much more. Actually it doesn’t have any correlation with the baby. However, there are certain philosophies within this activity, for example brown rice means prosperity, Arabic writings mean piety, and so on.