`Gov. Linda Lingle signed a bill Friday allowing hospitals to release the placenta, the organ that connects mother and child in the womb, to a birth mother.
The legislation came after several Hawaiian couples found they would not be allowed to take the placenta — known as iewe in Hawaiian — from the hospital to perform a traditional ceremony.
In Hawaiian belief, the iewe is considered a part of the child. Ceremonies in the islands include burying the iewe under a tree, so that the growth of the tree can be used to better understand psychological and spiritual changes in the child.’