After a baby’s umbilical cord is cut, it usually falls off the child in the weeks following birth.
It usually just goes in the trash, but now moms have found a way to keep the cord that helped bond baby and mother.
According to the New York Post, moms are paying to have their beloved babies’ umbilical cords made in high-quality jewelry.
One of the jewelry makers, Ruth Avra, said that she came up with the idea in 2012 after giving birth to her son. Her good friend had also recently welcomed a baby and was left with a cord.
She told the Post:
“I put both stumps next to each other on the table. Lightning bolts struck and I had a plan.”
Avra now sells her creations online. Each one is unique and sold for somewhere under $200.
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This amazing necklace was one of the early keepsakes pieces I created. It’s an actual umbilical cord that was dried in a coil and made into this necklace. Fast forward many years later it’s back in my studio along with two more cords from two more babies that joined her family and this single pendant is going to be serious statement necklace with all there cords in one piece!!! Stay tuned! . . #keepsakejewelry #umbilicalcord #childbirth #motherhood #parenthood #motherhoodrising #dna #motherlylove
The jewelry maker said that the keepsake has a special meaning when it comes to the mother-child bond:
“It represents the connection between mother and child because it’s literally the physical connection that is between you.”
Though umbilical cord jewelry is a growing trend, other companies also make wearable keepsakes from breast milk, hair, and even placenta.
England-based company Milkies makes specials “pearls” from breast milk that can be worn on necklaces, earrings, and rings.
However, the growing trend isn’t a hit among all parents. Some on social media feel that the umbilical cord jewelry, in particular, is a bit offputting.
One Twitter user wrote:
This is foul. Why don’t you just keep your ACTUAL baby close to you?! We’ve taken this to a new level.
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