Emma Jean Nolan is a photographer from Brisbane who was present at the home birth of Harper, who is part Maori, on January 2. While mom Jolene Spies was in the shower, Nolan just totally went for it and twisted his little umbilical cord to form the word "love." She posted the picture along with some interesting info on the significance of the placenta in Maori culture:
Welcome earthside sweet little Harper
As a Maori baby his placenta will now be returned to the land.
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.
So cool! Though Nolan did admit to The Daily Mail that she'd been planning a shot like this for awhile, but hadn't found a baby with an umbilical cord long enough. That sounds very creepy, but her search did result in an awesome picture, so whatever. The placenta is now going to be given a proper burial under a Tortora tree on a family farm near Auckland. It's nice that Harper will someday be able to visit his placenta and say, "Thanks for helping me get a viral start in life."