This is a photomicrograph of a section of umbilical cord stained with H & E. The umbilical cord is a unique and special bond between fetus and mother. Shaped like a rope, its surface is smooth and transparent. It includes connective tissue, an umbilical vein, and a pair of umbilical arteries. The umbilical vein passes through the abdominal wall of the fetus to connect to the fetal aorta through the liver sinusoids and umbilical arteries. After H & E staining, these sections resembled faces. The two “eyes” are the umbilical artery and the “mouth” is the umbilical vein.