Many marvel at the deft hand of a surgeon saving lives, the fine art of a dentist rendering a beautiful smile, or an origami master transforming tiny paper folds into awe-inspiring symbols of beauty. But a new trend is sweeping the nation, popping up on social media and capturing hearts. Nail technicians are using their delicate art to skillfully depict ultrasound images on manicures to honor the lives of preborn babies or those lost in miscarriage.
On Instagram, NailsbySara wrote, “After three years and numerous fertility treatments, my hubby and I finally conceived, [but] my heart was broken when I found out my baby was no longer living and growing, and he was taken from me the next day. I lost all inspiration as I struggled with the grief. I learned how to love him and his brief life and move forward with renewed hope."
Many women have found similar comfort and support on social media, sharing pictures of their tiny babies’ ultrasound images replicated onto their nails, often adorned with fitting hearts, flowers and sparkle.
For years, many expectant moms or women who suffered pregnancy loss have worn ultrasound photos in lockets or other jewelry to honor their babies. Moms-to-be often experience the first time seeing their baby on ultrasound as a joyful milestone.
Now with ultrasound nail art, many moms are coupling their excitement with the joy of getting to wear precious images of their babies uniquely painted onto their manicures. Some moms are showing off the personalized art for subtle pregnancy announcements, gender reveal parties or baby showers. Some have even had tiny baby footprints painted on their nails, similar to the tiny size of a real baby’s foot in the womb.
Whether celebrating babies’ lives past or present, delicate ultrasound nail art suitably highlights the fragile features of babies developing in the womb, drawing attention to their uniqueness and humanity from conception.
Even the patience required to render the art mimics moms patiently waiting to see their babies. Such heartfelt tributes are a stark contrast to the abortion agenda’s “celebrating” the ending of babies’ lives, and ignoring the grief and health complications of many post-abortive women.
Planned Parenthood has held fundraisers with apparel, boutiques and fashion shows, even with teens in high school. Ironically, those events often claim to be about educating and empowering women, but Planned Parenthood has denied abortion-vulnerable women the ability to see their ultrasounds, abortionists often fail to fully inform women of risks or alternatives, and over half of abortions are unwanted or coerced.
It is much more empowering to celebrate all babies by paying tribute to their lives in an artful way that is special to each mother. It is also much more feminist to help a woman celebrate her love for her baby, being able to enjoy seeing his or her ultrasound photo when she looks at her hand, especially if she hasn't yet or will never get to hold her baby in her hands.
As NailsbySara so accurately expressed, “I love you, and seeing you on my nails makes me smile.”
The delicate skill of ultrasound nail art is bringing comfort and joy to loving mothers in a new, exciting way; and it is profound that mothers’ personal celebrations of their preborn babies honors all lives in the womb.