Video: Offbeat - 3D printing means expectant parents can hold their babies before they are born

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Expectant mums and dads can now hold their babies before they are born - with the introduction of 3D printed baby models.

Private baby scan company Baby:Boo allows parents to create a life-like replica of their baby in the womb for them to take home with them.

An image taken from a 3D scan of baby in mummy’s tum is sent off to a firm to be rendered into 360 degree form and printed in 3D.

This can either be presented in a box or mounted in a frame for the wall.

Owner Katie Kermode, 32, of Lancashire, said: ‘People do think it’s a little odd but it’s similar to creating casts of baby’s feet or hands. It’s actually a really lovely keepsake to cherish.’