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By Amber Randall
An Australian company is turning leftover embryos from the in-vitro fertilization process into keepsake jewelry for the parents, according to Wednesday’s reports.
Baby Bee Hummingbirds takes the extra embryos and fashions them into various pieces of jewelry, reports KidsSpot.com.
“I don’t believe there is any other business in the world that creates jewelry from human embryos, and I firmly believe that we are pioneering the way in this sacred art, and opening the possibilities to families around the world,” Amy McGlade, the founder of the company, told KidsSpot.
The company, started in 2014, has already made over 400 pieces of jewelry out of breastmilk, placenta, hair, ashes, or cord stumps. Couples usually send “embryo straws” which the company cremates and then turns into a keepsake piece.
The pieces usually run from about $80-$600. The company also sells DIY kits to parents can create special jewelry made from breast milk.
“What a better way to celebrate your most treasured gift, your child, than through jewelry?” McGlade added. “It’s about the everlasting tangible keepsake of a loved one that you can have forever.”
One couple who spent six years undergoing IVF turned the rest of their embryos into jewelry. Belinda and Shaun Stafford, who had three children through IVF, used the Baby Bee Hummingbirds company to turn their embryos into keepsakes.
“I wanted to keep having more babies but the emotional toll, plus financially it was too much. Donating our embryos wasn’t an option for us and I couldn’t justify the yearly storage fee,” Belinda said. Belinda now wears her seven embryos in a heart-shaped pendent around her neck.