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I have always been fascinated with other cultures esp when it come to birth and babies. I love to find out different ways babies are brought into this world and celebrated. I think its pretty interesting. Like in Ghana they bury the placenta and in Indonesia the mother is massaged daily for the first 90 days. In some cultures the mother must jump over the baby a certain amount of times and then relatives scream at the baby and shake it on a tray. Still other cultures seclude the mother and baby for 30 or 40 days and then the baby comes out and is introduced to the family. Another culture immediately puts a piece of jewelry on the baby that has a red stone in it to ward off evil spirits. 

Does your family have any birth customs or traditions? Did you follow those customs and traditions? What do you think of them? 

by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Puerto Rico  

Newborn babies wear a bracelet with a black charm in the shape of a fist. It is called mano de azabache and is meant to ward off evil and bring good luck to the baby. Many people provide new parents with this bracelet for their baby.

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad, when people visit newborn babies, they usually put money into the baby’s hand. It is meant to bring prosperity and good blessings to the newborn. Another custom  is that some parents do not allow people to come in their house after 6 pm, since the evening dew will make baby sick.

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM


In many families in Mexico, the women of the family – grandmothers, aunts, sisters – nurture and take care of the new mom for 40 days after the birth of a baby. These women help with the cleaning, cooking and older kids. The new mom’s only job is taking care of the new baby.

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

The Bahamas

An old time tradition in The Bahamas is burying the navel string of the newborn in the yard, It is believed that you will always find your way back home no matter how far you may travel. Another tradition is to tie a black ribbon on the wrist of the newborn for several weeks to ward off evil spirits.

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM


In Brazil, a typical tradition is that the expectant mother prepares a basket with souvenirs that are given to each person that comes to the hospital to visit when the baby is born. These souvenirs usually match the chosen theme that has been picked for the baby’s nursery. Some of the most often used souvenirs are refrigerator magnets, customized notepads, sachets and even tiny bottles of perfume. Most of the time there’s a tiny message saying the baby’s name is thanking them for visiting. They are much like favors that are prepared for baby showers, only they are given to those who visit at the hospital

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