Midwife photograp newborn with placenta and umbilical cord spelling out ‘love’
A midwife captured this incredible image of a Maori newborn baby with his placenta and umbilical cord spelling out ‘love’.
Emma Jean Nolan shared the black and white image on social media to raise awareness of a “beautiful and sacred” but little-known cultural practice.
The 30-year-old captured the special shot of little Harper Hoani Spies just an hour and a half after he was born at 3.53am on January 2 in his mother’s home.
Emma, a mum-of-one, posted the photograph on Facebook to draw attention to ‘whenua’, the Maori word for both placenta and land, which refers to the ancient tradition of burying a newborn’s placenta after their birth.
She said: “I decided to take this image of Harper as I wanted to show what a physiological birth looks like as most people have never seen a baby still connected to their placenta.
“I did not expect to get such a huge response to the image.
“I knew it was important to talk about the Maori tradition in my post, as the placenta is not something that is appreciated or honoured in the Western culture.
What do you guyz think about the photo, I think its nice………….