There’s no middle ground on this one, Babyologists – you’re either going to think it’s beautiful or bizarre. Mums are posting images of the latest afterbirth trend on social media, creating art using their newborn’s umbilical cords. These mums are taking baby keepsakes to a whole new level – and a warning if you’re currently eating, best put down that food before looking through this post.
While the umbilical cord is still pliable and relatively fresh, mums are able to twist it into all manner of shapes or words, and then slowly dry it out in the oven to preserve it.
The first step is to wash and shape the cord – love hearts seems to be a popular choice.
A photo posted by Marija Karan (@marakaran) on
Then comes the baking. Best make sure dinner is already done.
Can you see the two arteries and the one vein? ☀️🌀💖 This spiral cord keepsake shows the intricate circulatory system that makes up the umbilical cord; our baby’s lifeline in utero 💜 The dark spots are blood caught in the cord before it was shaped and dehydrated for at least 12 hours 💛 This is a complimentary service mamas may choose when they book the placenta encapsulation service 💊👌👶💜 #cord #cordkeepsake #umbilicalcord #inutero #placenta #placentaart #placentalife #placentalove #placentawise #placentaencapsulation #placentamedicine #placentacapsules #newbaby #newmama #postpartum #postnatal #babymoon #babieseverywhere #perth #perthdoula #perthsplacentalady #placentaencapsulationperth #placentaencapsulationspecialist #bodywisebirthwise
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Then it’s time to admire your handiwork!
I’ll admit, I kept the stub of umbilical cord from both of my children when it fell off a couple of weeks after birth, and my husband thinks it’s abhorrent – I’ll be sure to share these images with him!
(Feature image courtesy Placenta Plus)