Umbilical cord stamps?!

I overheard a conversation a few days ago between two new mothers. They were asking each other whether they kept their baby’s umbilical cords. Hmm, okay, I thought to myself, they are sentimental. I’ve never had a baby so I don’t know if keeping umbilical cords is the norm (even though I’ve never seen mine, so I assume my mom didn’t)… Then one women proceeded to ask the other if she is planning to make an umbilical cord stamp. Wait, what?!!

Something I should mention here is that stamps are very popular here in Taiwan. At banks, for example, instead of using signatures for everything, they use stamps. Signatures are used as well, but it’s still mandatory to have a stamp.

Anyway, back to the story. So the woman replied that she was considering it, but apparently according to some superstition or fortune teller or whatever (Taiwan people also believe very much in blood types and/or horoscopes, and they believe in fortune telling… most people’s names are from fortune telling), the stamp can only be touched by the person whose umbilical cord it contains… Or else it’s bad luck. So she thought it was too much of a hassle so didn’t end up making one.

After hearing this, I had to search it up on the net, and indeed: umbilical cord stamps are real! Another popular souvenir is a Chinese calligraphy brush made from the first tufts of baby hair.

Mindblown.

6 thoughts on “Umbilical cord stamps?!

  1. L says:

    Yup the hair thing I’ve known about. It’s because the first time you grow your hair it’s super soft and the ends taper instead of being brunt (from a cut)… I think? haha don’t quote me. I would do this for a souvenir but not the stamp. That’s just weird.

    I knew stamps are popular~~ They always have stamps at Taiwanese tourist places right? :3

  2. I think high quality Chinese calligraphy brushes are made from the hairs from inside an oxen’s ear if I remember correctly, but first tufts of a baby’s hair will work. I suppose…

  3. kevin says:

    目前技術還沒辦法做到很深入的再生醫學,但這個是將來的方向,像是常聽到幹細胞之類的但多半還是用成體幹細胞比較多,運氣好有生之年,也許就能用的到。我記得存那個每年還要繳保存費之類的。可能就像中國人的習性,有存有保佑吧!^^

  4. This could be new and weird information for anyone, but umbilical cord blood banking can actually be a better way of saving lives. Giving birth to a child always brings happiness both to the parents and the people around them. This pure happiness the parents feel is never tainted and the overall well-being of the new-born child is the only thing on the parents’ mind.

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