A-Z of thought: Umbilicus

Sam Berry


A placenta attached to a mother’s womb is the way a prenatal
child receives its sustenance. At birth, the baby begins to breath
and for the rest of his or her life will join the rest of us and
feed through its mouth. The placenta has done its job, and can be
discarded. The connection between mother and child (the umbilical
cord) is cut, leaving a scar – one’s tummy button, or more
formally, the umbilicus or (in …

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