The headline for this article was your fair warning – what you’re about to scroll through can never be erased from your mind.

When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, people have all kinds of different ideas about what’s normal and helpful to the process – making smoothies from placenta, for example – that you wouldn’t catch me doing postpartum.

Making art (or touching in any way) my withering umbilical cord definitely makes the list, but for some people, it’s totally a thing.

I would categorize this as WTF-ery, but apparently it’s a growing trend.

A post on Reddit of an umbilical cord that had been shaped into a heart, dried, and then framed kicked off some recent conversation, though most of the 30,000 reactions are more similar to mine than those of people rushing to do something similar.

There are several photos making the rounds, though, of hearts and the cord formed into words (“love” or the baby’s initials), and other parents take things one step further and wear the umbilical cord or the stump as jewelry.


Rings, pendants, earrings, and charms – jewelry designer Jackie Kaufman has seen it all, and she has an opinion that might surprise you.

“The jewelry I make, for the most part is not beautiful, but has a special meaning to the customers – that makes what I do have meaning. …Do not judge. Everyone finds meaning in different things and beauty comes to some in the meaning of the piece, not in the look of it from an outside perspective.”

I don’t know about all of that, but I can get on board with not judging.

Not out loud, anyway.