Before Wee Man's birth when the midwife asked us what we wanted to do with the placenta, our initial reaction was that we didn't want to keep it. However, the midwife pointed out that there is a scheme by which you can buy a native tree and plant it with the placenta in designated areas of Victoria Park in the Port Hills Reserve. Mr Tartankiwi and I discussed it and decided that we liked the idea.
|What a great spot eh!?!|
We chose Totara.
According to Maori belief, the Totara symbolises Respect. The story goes that Rata cut down a Totara tree to build a Waka (canoe) without asking the forest for permission. Over night the birds and creatures of the forest rebuilt the tree until Rata realised he had to ask for permission to cut down the tree and respect the forest.
|Not the best photo, but can you make out Wee Man's tree?|
I love that Wee Man now has his own special tree, I love that it symbolises Respect and I look forward to many a special family trip there as we watch the tree and our Wee Man grow big and strong.
Now that its there, I honestly can't think of a better place for the placenta to be.
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