Belly Casting

By: Shelley Hansel
By: Shelley Hansel

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It's the latest trend for pregnant women: forever immortalizing the belly that carried their baby.

It's a process called belly casting, and for about $100, a local mom and daughter team will make one for you.

Patti Speer says she got the idea when her daughter Jolene was pregnant. They saw it on a TV talk show, but couldn't find anyone in Kansas who was doing it.

Patti Speer says, "I know that it started in California where they're a little more wild and wacky."

Their client, Julie Matthew also saw it on television, and wanted to have it done. She's just not sure what she's going to do with the belly cast once she gets it home.

Julie says, "I'm not going to put it on my wall in the living room. I just didn't know what to do with it."

Patti says, "People put it in the baby's nursery, some people take it to the hospital and have people sign it, all the friends that came and saw them in the hospital or at a baby shower."

The casting process itself takes less than an hour, and the mother sits the whole time.

Speer says they try to make it as relaxing as possible and the client can choose to wear whatever they're comfortable with.

Julie is 35 weeks into her pregnancy, and Speer says they like to have women who are at least eight months along.

Speer says, "It's a great way I believe to celebrate pregnancy. It's a piece of art you can show your child what they made mommy's tummy look like."

To learn more about belly casting, call Patty at 744-9529, or Click here.

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