Whenever I share an image of a baby still connected to his or her umbilical cord, I receive more engagement than almost any of my other posts.
There is POWER in seeing how we nourished and sustained our child.
There is UNDERSTANDING that comes from seeing/touching/acknowledging the cord that pulsed life.
One of my biggest 'birth regrets' is that I didn't get to see my own umbilical cord when I gave birth to my daughter. It was cut before I had time to think or ask. I'm so happy that more and more providers are giving mamas the space and the time to appreciate their cords.
These are some of my favorite umbilical cord images. As you can see, each is just as different as the baby it supported.
Did you have the opportunity to look at and examine your umbilical cord? What did it make you think or feel?
All images by: Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories (Denver and Colorado Springs Birth Photographer)