Photographer Captures Stunning Image of Newborn With Placenta (PHOTO)

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When you have a baby, there are so many things to soak in and celebrate (in addition to baby, of course). Sadly, new parents don't always have the opportunity to take a pause and really experience being in the moment. UK photographer Emma Jean's striking image of a newborn attached to his placenta might look unorthodox, but it commemorates a powerful tradition.


With the help of baby Harper -- who looks like he's enjoying a peaceful slumber -- the former midwife seized her moment to photograph the baby with his placenta, while spelling "love" with the umbilical cord.

At first glance, this newborn portrait looks like a unique artistic expression, but Emma used the power of her lens to demonstrate the bond between man and earth. As she wrote on Facebook:

As a Maori baby his placenta will now be returned to the land.
The word 'whenua' relates to the placenta and to the land. Whenua (placenta) is returned to the whenua (land) with the pito (umbilical cord) the link between the newborn and papatuanuku(mother earth). With this affinity established, each individual fulfils the role of curator, for papatuanuku (mother earth), which remains life long.

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, January 2, 2016

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Honestly, I've never seen anything like this, but I can appreciate the cultural significance. There's something ethereal about this photo that helps capture the naturalness and beauty of bringing life into this world. 

Not only is baby Harper honoring his culture's tradition, but he also now has a keepsake, with the power to visually convey what words might not be able to express.



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