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Newborn gets clicked with attached umbilical cord spelling out ‘love’

Nolan posted the photo on her Facebook page where she has also revealed details about the baby.

art and culture Updated: Jan 09, 2016 18:09 IST
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Harper, the baby, was photographed just an hour and a half after he was born on January 2.
Harper, the baby, was photographed just an hour and a half after he was born on January 2.(Facebook/Emma Jean Photography)

Emma Jean Nolan, a photographer, has clicked a very powerful image of a newborn baby lying on a bed with his umbilical cord and placenta still attached to him. What catches the viewer’s attention the most is the word ‘love’ written with the cord, spiralled to form the letters.

Nolan posted the photo on her Facebook page where she has also revealed details about the baby. Harper, the baby, was photographed just an hour and a half after he was born on January 2.

The photo was captioned “Welcome earthside sweet little Harper” and went on to explain the Maori traditions of New Zealand wherein the placenta and the umbilical cord is buried in the land.

Welcome earthside sweet little HarperAs a Maori baby his placenta will now be returned to the land. The word 'whenua'...

Posted by Emma Jean Photography on Saturday, January 2, 2016

“As a Maori baby his placenta will now be returned to the land,” read the caption. The placenta will be buried under a tree at the baby’s grandfather’s farm.

“The word ‘whenua’ relates to the placenta and to the land. Whenua (placenta) is returned to the whenua (land) with the pito (umbilical cord) -- the link between the newborn and papatuanuku (mother earth).

“With this affinity established, each individual fulfils the role of curator, for papatuanuku (mother earth), which remains life long.”

Thanks to Birth to Earth for donating this beautiful placenta planting pack for baby Harper which includes a lovely book...

Posted by Emma Jean Photography on Thursday, January 7, 2016

Nolan told Stuff that she took the photograph as a surprise for Harper’s parents while the mother, Jolene, was taking a shower. “I set it up while she was showering and sent it to her later that day,” Nolan said.

She also spoke about handling the mixed reactions that she has got for the photograph.

“There will always be people who will be shocked or ‘disgusted’ by the sight of the placenta, and that is ok,” she said.

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“But many people can see the beauty in the image of the connection to life. The placenta may not be beautiful in appearance but it is beautiful in its existence and its work. We all owe our life to a placenta.”