The magic of umbilical cords

I could look at pictures of these things all day. The strange, almost science-fiction appearance of umbilical cords fascinates me. And on another level it delights me to remember that this is something that we all have in common. As sophisticated as some of us believe we might be, we all have funny belly buttons. We all got here the same way.

After birth, the umbilical cord is cut and often not given a second thought in our culture. But t