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