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Anthropologists do not write much about birth – possibly because they are
usually men and are not permitted to take part in the rituals surrounding labour .
They have , however , written so extensively about the disposal of the placenta
that one ...
So they usually give the woman thyme tea and let her deliver the placenta herself
, cutting the cord only after the third stage is completed . If the third stage is
delayed , they get the mother to squat over a bucket and blow into a bottle .
Couples in these communes are concerned to reintegrate birth into the world of
natural things and to see it as part of the ebb and flow of the whole of life . In
some communes the placenta is divided and shared between all those present ,
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The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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