What happens when you put a placenta in your baby photo? Magic

Jun 7, 2016 at 8:36 a.m. ET
Image: Renee Bergeron Of Little Earthling Photography

What springs to mind when you think of newborn photo shoot props? A fluffy teddy bear? A basket filled with cozy blankets? Most of us would be drawn toward something of the fluffy, cozy, cute variety for sure. Which are not words you’d use to describe the prop chosen by one mom — but her newborn photo shoot kicks all those fluffy teddy bears to the curb.

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Lynn Partlow made a special request to photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography in Washington, and Bergeron was delighted to fulfill it, capturing the baby girl right next to "the home that has nourished her for the previous nine months" — the placenta.

The result is an incredibly beautiful, powerful shot.

Baby with placenta photo shoot
Image: Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

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Attitudes toward the placenta are changing, with a growing number of moms opting to take this particular internal organ home after the birth. Some use it to make prints, bury it in the garden or even have a little nibble of it to see if those placenta health benefit claims are true.

Rather than being viewed as nothing more than a redundant organ to be disposed of as medical waste as soon as its job is done, moms like Partlow are taking the time to recognize just what an amazing (and vital) job that is. It may not have the cute factor, but it keeps the baby alive — and that's definitely worth capturing on camera.

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below:

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