The umbilical cord that connected your new baby to your womb during the pregnancy played a key role in delivering nutrients and essential blood to your baby during gestation. To honour and treasure the umbilical cord it can be dehydrated into a charm shape and kept for a lifetime.
You can ask your local Placenta Remedy Specialist to provide you with your dehydrated cord along with any other remedy you’ve ordered. Or you can make your cord keepsake using the instructions below. (Find a local PRN Member and Certified Specialist here)
A cord keepsake is a wonderful gift to the new mother, an everlasting symbol of the physical connection a mother had with her child.
Making your own Cord Keepsake:
- The cord should be cut at the base of the placenta.
- Rinse the cord and squeeze out any remaining blood and carefully remove clips or clamps using a sharp knife or scissors.
- Place the cord onto a small piece of non-stick parchment or greaseproof paper.
- Shape the cord into your desired keepsake shape. Hearts and spirals are the most preferred shapes, but if your cord is long you can also make words like ‘love’ or your baby’s initials or name. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the cord.
- Put the cord in your oven at the lowest temp possible for up to 6-10 hours, until the cord is bone dry. Or you can use a food dehydrator at a 50*C (120*F) or lower for about 10 hours or until bone dry.
- Store your cord keepsake in a cool, dry place like a small tote bag, box or frame on your nursery wall.
Information provided by IPEN Placenta Network, Professional Training in Placenta Services