Sunday, April 23, 2006


Hawaii Gov. OKs Giving Placenta to Parents

`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.’

One Response to “Hawaii Gov. OKs Giving Placenta to Parents”

  1. jason Says:

    Great Blog!

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