This beautiful post birth event of a child will connect your family to a homestead with a baby birth tree. The placenta supported the baby for the nine months as it formed inside the mother, is then buried beneath the root system and becomes the tree of life for that child. As the child grows so does the tree.
From the moment our ancient ancestors first left their nomadic life for one of farming, humans have been tied to the land. Throughout the ages, ownership of land marked the difference between the upper and lower classes; between security and constant doubt.
Today, modern homesteaders are lucky enough to have this same type of connection to their family’s land, though many of the age-old traditions celebrating that connection have disappeared over the years.
One such tradition that can be seen in cultures throughout the world was planting a tree upon the birth of a new baby. As the child grew, so would the tree, linking the land and the family. Some cultures strengthened this connection by planting the tree with the baby’s placenta. The placenta feeds the tree, literally drawing part of the child into the land itself.
Tips for Planting a Baby Birth Tree
• Research your tree. Make sure it’s one that’s expected to live more than 30 or 40 years; ideally the tree should live longer than a typical human lifespan. Sycamore, pine, and some types of red oak are ideal choices. You’ll also need to make sure your tree is suitable to your land and climate.
• Have a planting ceremony. Instead of a six month birthday part, have a celebration to commemorate the planting of your child’s tree.
• Mark the tree. Place a commemorative stone or other marker at the base of the tree (a few feet out to allow for growth).
• Take an annual picture. As your child and their tree grow, take a picture each year to memorialize the connection between the two.
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