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Now You Can Turn Baby’s Umbilical Cord Into…a Piece of Art?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The umbilical cord is having a moment. Lately, we’ve heard about parents who are burning it off slowly after baby’s birth, and others who are going the Lotus Birth route and letting the cord and placenta fall off on their own. Now, you can turn a piece of the cord into a bona fide piece of wall art, reports Artnet.

The idea began in 2009, when Keith Duffy was examining a dyed sample of his newborn’s cord under a microscope. (He’s a doctor with pathology training, so this isn’t as strange as it sounds.) Where you and I would see a cluster of amoeba-shaped cells, Duffy and his wife, Stephanie, glimpsed something more akin to an abstract painting. So they captured the image with their camera, blew it up, and hung it on the wall.

Convinced other parents would want to see their babe’s cord up close and personal, the couple opened Little Cord Art in 2012 out of their Salt Lake City lab. Though they’ve gotten some flack from the online community for their nontraditional business, their mostly out-of-state customers have been satisfied with the results. “Once people buy from us they are into the idea,” Stephanie told City Weekly. “It’s more the naysayers who just think that it’s weird.”

And I’ve got to hand it to the couple — they made the process fairly simple, even for the squeamish: Just ask your health care provider to take a small sample of baby’s umbilical cord and place it in a specially provided container. Mail it off to the Duffys, and they’ll dye it the color of your choice, magnify the image up to 400 times, and print it on a canvas. Prices start at $280, which is a bargain compared to what you’d pay for a more traditional piece of art.

Tell us: Would you hang a photo of your baby’s umbilical cord in your home?

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Image of umbilical cord art courtesy of Little Cord Art via Facebook 

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Would You Do THIS to Your Umbilical Cord?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

paige-driscoll-cord-burningHang on to your scissors! The new trend in births is to…burn the umbilical cord?

As reports, some parents are embracing this age-old practice because it allows the whole family to help sever the physical connection between mom and baby. Typically, each person takes turns holding a lit candle under the foot-long umbilical cord for minutes at a time; the whole process can take up to 20 minutes to complete. Meanwhile, the baby is kept away at a safe distance and oftentimes nurses or snoozes through the whole thing.

But still. An open flame?! Near my brand-spanking-new baby? (shudder)

Still, seeing a cord burning in action was enough to convince Paige Driscoll, owner of Santa Cruz Birth Photography and a mom of four (soon to be five). After photographing a burning (one is pictured to the right) and seeing how much love was in the room, she decided to try it for the birth of her fifth son, due later this month. “Too many times during birth, everything happens so quickly, so this is a really slow and gentle process that slows everything down and makes it so memorable,” she explained to

To be honest, while I’m not sure I would have burned the cord, I get where Driscoll is coming from. When I was in labor, I asked my doctor to hold off for a few minutes before clamping and cutting the cord. But for whatever reason, she did the deed right away. And it bugged me. A lot. As far out there as it sounds, at least with burning, you have control over when the final break happens.

Plus, there are the health benefits of a delayed cut. Because burning takes longer than the traditional clamp-and-cut, your newborn has a little more time to soak in the rich nutrients from your placenta. And those extra few minutes could have a lasting impact: Studies have found that waiting even an extra minute or two to clamp the cord can increase a newborn’s hemoglobin levels and make them less likely to have an iron deficiency within six months after birth, according to several news reports.

Something else to consider: If you decide to go the cord burning route, plan to deliver somewhere besides a hospital — there’s a strict policy against open flames in a hospital or medical setting.

Tell us: Would you try cord burning?

Birth Stories:
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Expecting? Make sure the nursery is in order with our helpful Nursery Planner. And be sure to like All About Babies on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby news!

Images courtesy of Paige Driscoll of Santa Cruz Birth Photography 

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