This Mother's Day, we're celebrating the unrivaled bond between mother and baby with some interesting (and maybe unexpected) facts about the umbilical cord. After all, it's where this lifelong connection begins.
The umbilical cord is primarily a vital source of nutrients, blood and oxygen for your baby as they grow in the womb, but it has also inspired traditions and helped with medical advancements in regenerative medicine.
Some father's choose to cut the umbilical cord themselves as a first 'rite of passage', while other parents turn the cord into a keepsake within a necklace or bracelet. In the laboratory, umbilical cord blood and tissue are being proven to treat diseases and conditions using their rich source of stem cells.
Needless to say, there's a lot more to the umbilical cord than just blood vessels and arteries!