The umbilical cord is something women carry around for months and never really get to know -- after all, it's cut and discarded shortly after a baby's born. But the stretchy conduit that links a growing baby to the placenta is quite literally the cord of life. Without it, babies wouldn't get what they need to grow and thrive.
Fortunately birth photographers tend to capture images of the cord so Mom can get a look-see at the link that's been keeping baby alive all those months during pregnancy. Here are some of their most amazing captures -- guaranteed to having you seeing these incredible, life-giving elements through new eyes.