Arranging the umbilical cord into a heart shape seemed especially appropriate to this mom who experienced a beautiful lotus birth.
A lotus birth is when the baby is born, and then the mom delivers the placenta with he or she still attached to it via the umbilical cord. Although Washington state mom Lynn Partlow didn't know what this type of birth was called, she was sure she wanted to have one.
"I knew I wanted to do delayed cord clamping as I had done with my previous birth so that baby got all her blood volume back," Partlow told Parents.com.
But this time, Partlow wanted to capture the experience on film. "I had seen other photos of the baby and placenta together and thought it would be a cool picture so I ran the idea past my photographer," the new mom of three explained. "It meant that Lydia stayed attached to the placenta for about an hour until she had her newborn exam performed by the midwife and we set up for the photo."
Here is the amazing image of baby Lydia Jane and her placenta captured by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.
"By that time, the cord was completely white and like a thick strand of cooked spaghetti!" Partlow told Parents.com, adding, "I thought it would be sweet to do the heart design if the cord was long enough." The heart seemed especially appropriate, because as the new mom says, "It's the last picture of our connection to each other... I grew her in love, my placenta nourished her and was the pathway of communication between us for our first nine months with each other. When you see the photo now, you can see what a miracle life is!"
The birth took place in a birth center and was attended by Lynn's husband Reid, midwives, a doula, and her mom. Partlow says, "Lydia was born into a calm and relaxed environment surrounded by love, and it was everything I had hoped and prayed for when I was visualizing her birth." She adds she would do a lotus birth again in a heartbeat.
And now, the photo will preserve this amazing experience forever.
Baby Lydia joins the Partlows' two-and-a-half-year-old biological son William and an adopted son, Andrew, who is almost 2, and just came home from China at the end of March.
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