Knitted Placenta and Umbilical Cord by Mollie Hartford-Chamberland
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Knitted Placenta and Umbilical Cord

Knitting
January 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 6.5 rows = 1 inch
in stst
US 6 - 4.0 mm
55 - 65 yards (50 - 59 m)
One Size
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We make our babies from scratch, why not make our childbirth demonstration materials the same way?

Perfect for Childbirth Educators, Doulas, Midwives, and OB/GYNs, this hand-made knitted Placenta and Umbilical Cord allows parents to see the parts and function of reproductive anatomy without the ick-factor of blood.

The placenta includes two different textures (bumpy on the maternal side, smooth on the fetal side), and the umbilical cord is made of three blood vessels (one vein and two arteries) and is covered in a nylon sheath. At the end of the umbilical cord is a “clamped” section (in an off-white color) and a snap that can be attached to a demonstration doll’s belly button.

Placenta
- Maroon/Red Worsted Weight yarn, about 60 yards
Umbilical Cord

  • Blue Fingering/Sport Weight yarn, about 25 yards
  • Red Fingering/Sport Weight yarn, about 15 yards
  • Beige/Cream Fingering/Sport Weight yarn, about 13 yards

Additional Materials

  • Cotton Stuffing
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Needle and thread (neutral color)
  • 1 pair Nylon Pantyhose (sheet/nude)
  • 1—2 sets metal snaps
  • Plastic Chip clip (optional)