This Powerful Photo of a Baby Still Connected to His Placenta Shows How Mind-Blowing Birth Is

The first moments of a baby’s life are a whirlwind — so much is happening that it’s almost impossible to stop and simply appreciate what has just happened. One midwife-turned-photographer, Emma Jean Nolan, took the opportunity to capture the awe-inspiring power of birth with a startlingly beautiful image. In it, a newborn baby is still connected to his placenta by his umbilical cord that is adjusted to spell out the word “love.”

Her intention with the image of baby Harper, which was shot just 90 minutes after he was born last week, was to draw attention to an ancient Maori tradition of burying a newborn’s placenta after their birth. Nolan wrote on Facebook:

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.

Interestingly, Nolan told us that she’d been planning to take a photo like this for a while but “was waiting for a baby with a long enough cord to spell” the word. She said, “Once I saw how long Harper’s cord was, I knew he was the right baby!”Although this method for honoring the placenta is rare in the US, the Australian photographer’s black-and-white image has gotten more than 2,500 “likes” on Facebook in less than a week, probably because it shows readers — even moms — a sight they’ve likely never seen before: what is actually birthed when a newborn baby enters the world.

Some people say the past is the past, but beauty-lovers know that history often repeats itself. It’s 2022, but these days, the odds are high that your FYP is housing a handful of tutorials teaching 20-somethings how to create a fluffy blowout straight out of 1989. But these retro hairstyles are not your mother’s old signature; Gen Z is figuring out how to master the looks of yore with a modern twist thanks to modern tools.

Hair technology has evolved — curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, and even hot rollers aren’t just foolproof ways to master a hairstyle but also ways to treat hair with as much TLC as possible. Ahead, we explore some of the nostalgic looks that are getting a new life in 2022, plus the new Remington® Shine Therapy™ Collection of products that can assist in their healthy revivals.

The flipped bob made a debut in the ’60s, had a short return in the ’90s, and is now making an official comeback in 2022. When heat styling, the trick is to avoid awkward dents or kinks that some flat irons are known to create. Our recommendation: the Remington Shine Therapy Argan Oil & Keratin 1″ Flat Iron ($35), which uses ceramic plates infused with a microconditioner to evenly distribute heat through each section of hair while reducing frizz and enhancing shine.

You can sweep the straightener from your roots to your ends, or you can start halfway down each section of hair, slowly flipping the tool into an open U shape. The down, up, and out motion should help to create the perfect flip. A mist of touchable hairspray — not that crunchy stuff from the past — will help to finish off the look and hold the ends in place.