aboriginal placenta


Minmia is an aboriginal senior woman, healer and educator. She is also a custodian of traditional women’s lore/ law of the Wirradjirri people.

In her book, ‘Under the quandong tree’, Minmia stresses the importance of burying placentas in birthing ceremonies. The purpose of placing the placenta in the ground or into our Mother Earth or Nungeena-tya is to ensure the miwi print expressed within the placenta itself is safely kept there until the child hits puberty.

A miwi is a soul. Souls according to Minmia, are reincarnated many times and each time they return to learn more about life. Each time a soul reincarnates or a baby is born, the lessons of the previous lives are recorded within the miwi print which is found on the surface of the placenta.

When the child reaches puberty, their ‘seed’ falls onto the earth’s surface and is instantly recognised by Nungeena-tya who links it to the child’s miwi print and she guides the young person through their physical life.


If we are to dispose of a baby’s placenta in a hospital; where they are incinerated together, Minmia explains that their miwi prints melt together and this causes confusion for those children at puberty. The melting together of the maps means Miwi prints will have more than one map and so it is impossible to connect with one journey. The spiritual maps of those children are lost.

Fortunately, A rebirthing ceremony can repair this. Oh yes! Another good reason for delayed cord clamping… The baby will receive the miwi essence instructions. If cut too early the cord only retains this information. A rebirthing using the cord clamp can be the solution.

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