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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Tradition Talk: When the Baby Loses His/Her Umbilical Cord


Q: What is the tradition in your culture when the baby loses his/her umbilical cord? What do you do with it? Is there any special celebration?


Japan: I am 47 years old and I have my own little umbilical cord piece in a little red box. My mother had kept it and gave it to me when I was grown up. In Japan, everyone keeps it as a memento. I also have my child’s umbilical cord in a little box, even though she was born in the U.S. – Eriko, USA (Born in Japan)


Turkey: You bury the umbilical cord in a place of knowledge, which represents your child’s future career. So If I wanted my child to be a doctor, I would bury it at a medical school. Lawyer? Then bury it at a law school. – Berrin, Turkey

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Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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  1. CommentsDavid   |  Monday, 13 June 2011 at 6:48 am

    The preserved umbilical cord has some medical use? like the umbilical cord blood.

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