An Irish placenta encapsulating specialist has said that "everyone" should have an umbilical cord keepsake after giving birth.
The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes made headlines on Sunday when she shared a photo of her dehydrated umbilical cord shaped into the word "love" and displayed in a pink frame after giving birth to her second child.
While the keepsake received a mixed reaction online, Stephanie Battle, founder of Mo Chuisle placenta encapsulation in Mullingar, told Independent.ie that new parents are "grateful" to receive the dehydrated umbilical cord alongside capsules of the mother's dehydrated and ground down placenta, a growing trend in recent years.
"You can pretty much shape the umbilical cord into anything, depending on the size and length," she said.
"I haven't tried 'love' like Rochelle's, but I mostly do hearts. I'd imagine that her umbilical cord was a pretty good size and kinda long in order to do that.
"For words such as 'love,' you use pins to hold it into shape.
"You've got one shot to do it, you don't want to ruin it!" she added.
Stephanie doesn't offer umbilical cord keepsakes on their own, but includes them as a complementary gift alongside placenta capsules.
"I suppose you could do it yourself at home, but obviously there's a lot for new parents to focus on when they bring home a baby!
"If you make it at home, it may not be as clear as if it is done professionally.
"Most people don't expect it when it's sent out with their placenta capsules, but they're really grateful for it and enjoy it. It's a free add on, so people can either choose to keep it or throw it away - why not have the option!
"It's kind of gross, but it's so cool because it's human tissue, a human organ. Everyone should have an umbilical cord keepsake!"
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