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

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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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