Umbilical cord art: Has this post-birth trend gone too far?



Move over, placenta eaters and step aside vaginal seeders! There’s another trend taking new mothers by storm.

Placenta Art has increased in popularity in recent months, with many new mothers creating lasting works of art from the life-giving vein that once connected their adorable little bundle to their womb. There are even companies that charge a fee for this fascinating new service.

In case you’re of the crafty and pregnant variety, here’s a brief instructional:

When the umbilical cord is still fresh, fashion it into your desired shape. Note: Nothing says ‘love’ like freshly snipped umbilical cord!


A photo posted by Noelle Beutler (@naturallightbirth) on Jun 15, 2016 at 7:45pm PDT


Bake it on a low temperature in the oven (maybe not on the same tray as Friday night’s chicken nuggets).


A photo posted by BodyWise BirthWise (@bodywise_birthwise) on Jun 29, 2016 at 7:28pm PDT


Voila! You have a unique keepsake to snap and share across social media.

There are many ways to personalise your new masterpiece

You can mount it and frame it for pride of place in your home.


A photo posted by Mackay Postnatal Support (@mackaypostnatalsupport) on Jun 28, 2016 at 4:49pm PDT


Or you could even fashion it into a dream catcher.


Yes the ring of this dream catcher is an umbilical card. I have Kashes cord in the freezer: I was going to dry it out in a heart shape, but this is way cooler. #placenta #umbilicalcord #placentaencapsulation #baby #babykash #dreamcatcher #beautiful #love #umbilicalcorddreamcatcher

A photo posted by Nicole (@_nicole_sw) on Jan 25, 2014 at 8:42pm PST


Consider another popular design. The traditional love heart comes in a close second to ‘love’ and looks stunning in a pretty organza bag.


A photo posted by Pure Placentas (@pureplacentas) on Sep 9, 2016 at 9:35pm PDT


You could always pair it with your favourite placenta print.


A photo posted by ?Alicja? (@alicjacrumbs) on Aug 22, 2016 at 12:12pm PDT


But there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple with this effortless circle of life.


A photo posted by Thrive Birth Services (@thrivebirthservicesofdelmarva) on Aug 21, 2016 at 10:43am PDT


Not one for the mantelpiece

I’m a firm believer in the ‘each to their own’ philosophy, and love to hear about new and creative ways to express your appreciation for all that the body can accomplish … but please, if you consider yourself an umbilical artist, consider displaying it somewhere that a visitor like myself is unlikely to encounter it.