Baby's placenta photo about Maori tradition goes viral

03/09/2015
A photographer has shared an image of a baby's umbilical cord spelling 'love', to showcase the story of a Maori tradition.
 
The beautiful black and white photo, taken by photographer Emma Jean Nolan from Brisbane, shows newborn baby Harper lying next his attached placenta. Captioning the image with 'Welcome earthside sweet little Harper', she shares her knowledge of 'whenua' - the tradition of burying the placenta after birth.
 

Welcome earthside sweet little HarperAs a Maori baby his placenta will now be returned to the land. The word 'whenua'...

Posted by Emma Jean Photography on Saturday, 2 January 2016
 
The photo has been shared more than 800 times, and has received thousands of likes. Harper's photo has also been published in Daily Mail, The Mirror, Mashable and Pop Sugar.
 
The Australian photographer told The Daily Mail "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."
 
"I encourage women to share their stories of motherhood to break down barriers and unite," Emma said.