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Heartbeat art captures a special moment

Sam and Pip Collins want to normalise infertility and help people celebrate pregnancy with their unique heartbeat sound wave artwork called Baby Beatz NZ. Photo: Kate Russell.

Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a special moment for any new parent - but for Sam and Pip Collins it was a moment they wanted to treasure forever.

The Nelson couple are 21 weeks pregnant with their first child after five long years of struggling to get pregnant.

Now they are helping other parents celebrate their pregnancies through their custom-made sound wave artwork called Baby Beatz NZ.

Sam says the idea came to him when they first heard the sound of their baby’s heartbeat through the fetal doppler at their 16 week scan.

“Hearing it was so special and magical for us. It really resonated for me – it was the first tangible sign of life.”

With a photography and ICT background, he saw the opportunity to turn the sound waves into something they could see and keep forever.

He took a sound recording of the scan, stripped the sound back and used various software programmes to transform it into a piece of artwork.

Now Pip says their long journey with infertility has inspired them to create similar artworks for others.

Three years ago the couple suffered a miscarriage at seven weeks. After that, Pip says they “tried everything” to increase their changes of falling pregnant again.

And now, after two years of hormone replacement therapy, they are expecting their bundle of joy this September.

“Having this artwork is just another representation of our achievement,” says Pip.

“So many women have miscarriages and fertility issues – even people who are close to us, but don’t talk about it. It’s so unbelievably common and I guess we want to normalise it and encourage people like us not give up.”

Sam says to produce an artwork, all you need to do is send them a short cellphone video or sound recording, pick your colours, text, size and format and they will handle the rest.

“It’s about treasuring every moment with them and celebrating every milestone, even before they are born.”

For more info, visit 'Baby Beatz NZ' on Facebook or email

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