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Women who give birth in hospital are asked if they would like their placentas to be disposed of, which means incinerated.
Parents who choose to take placentas home often plan to bury them beneath a tree to reinforce the baby's connection to the place of its birth.
In Maori tradition, the whenua (placenta) is buried in an ipu whenua, a purpose-made vessel. The ipu whenua might be made from clay, a dried gourd, or kete.
An ipu whenua was traditionally used to contain the placenta of a newborn baby, and was then buried in a special place.
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