Celebrity parents have been speaking out in defence of Rochelle Humes’ decision to frame and keep her umbilical cord after her recent pregnancy.
Rochelle, who gave birth to second daughter Valentina Raine on 10th March, found herself the subject of criticism from her Instagram followers after posting an image of the preserved cord, which had been shaped into the word ‘love’, to her account, along with a tub of placenta pills, which many mothers choose to take post-birth to improve their mood, energy levels and milk production.
‘After being very curious I took the plunge, so excited to feel the benefits..Thanks so much Danielle @placentaplus’ she wrote next to the pic.
However, many of Rochelle’s fans found the birth souvenir controversial, with commenters calling it ‘sick’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘ridiculous’.
It’s therefore unsurprising that many of Rochelle’s fellow famous mums and dads have been endorsing her choice of keepsake, including dad-of-four Peter Andre, and Rebekah Vardy, who has a blended family of five with footballer husband Jamie.
‘Poor Rochelle Humes was getting grief for framing her daughter Valentina’s umbilical cord,’ Peter exclaimed in his new! magazine column.
‘We’ve kept things like Mills’ [Peter’s daughter Amelia with wife Emily MacDonagh] first lock of hair and nail clippings – it’s your child, you can keep what you like!’
‘I’d probably draw the line at putting the placenta in the freezer but I’m all for keeping a bit of the umbilical cord. I’m loving the name Valentina too!’
Rebekah, meanwhile, told OK! magazine: ‘Rochelle Humes had her new baby’s umbilical cord made into a piece of art – I think it’s a great idea!’
She confessed that she’d invested in a similar process in the past, adding: ‘I had Finley’s umbilical cord frames by the same company and it’s a lovely memento’.
Rebekah also said she was ‘all for’ Rochelle’s placenta encapsulation, which again, she had tried herself.
‘Taking mine gave me so much energy during those difficult days and they can reportedly lesson your chances of getting postnatal depression,’ she explained.