Some Parents Are Making Jewelry Out Of Their Babies’ Umbilical Stumps
11:36 AM, Nov 7, 2018
2:05 PM, Nov 9, 2018
Childbirth can be intense. First, you need to survive a pregnancy filled with morning sickness, back pain and cankles. Then, there are those first contractions followed by the pushing and the breathing and the baby that comes out in a wave of blood and vernix and — sometimes! — even poop. And just when you think you’re done, out comes the placenta.
You’d be forgiven for wanting to take a break from icky body oddities after that.
But then you have to deal with your baby’s umbilical stump, the part of the umbilical cord that remains attached to your newborn’s body after the cord is cut. This stump dries out over time and eventually falls off within one to three weeks. But before that, it just looks weird, and can even smell a little funky.
I remember that I could not wait for my daughter’s stump to fall off. But apparently, not everyone is as squeamish as I am.
Meanwhile, WhatToExpect.com has a fun list of suggestions for what to do with the stump, including the simplest option — putting it into a baggie and taping it into a baby book — along with some ideas that are a bit more unique, like transforming it into a piece of artwork, or even burying it in the tradition of some Native American cultures.
And then, of course, there’s the jewelry.
For those who want to keep a (literal) piece of their baby as close to their heart as possible, there are a number of jewelers out there who incorporate breast milk, hair, placenta and even the umbilical stump into their creations.
Lait de la Vie gives you the option of putting any number of inclusions into their jewelry, including the aforementioned organic objects. You can hide that stump in this $130 14kt gold ring, for example:
If all of this makes you feel a bit squeamish, no matter the loveliness of the setting, you can also just send off your stump and get back a replica so that you’re not actually wearing a fallen-off piece of your baby’s body. Check out this $144.99 pendant from Etsy seller rockmyworldinc:
Do you save the cord or toss it? And if you keep it — would you wear it?
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