Marry Fermont, an award-winning birth photographer in the Netherlands, started taking pictures of babies immediately after their birth to document what they look like in utero. Her pictures testify to the humanity of the unborn child and show parents how babies fit inside the womb just moments before.
Marry’s experience is that, “The babies are mostly totally relaxed in this pose. They feel secure and comfortable. They are used to being folded up this way the last few weeks.”
But don’t let this restful pose take our focus off the purposeful activity that has gone up until this point in the mother’s womb! Let’s see what the babies themselves have to tell us.
Doppler will likely pick up that lovely lub-dub of your baby’s heartbeat at 12 weeks, but the flutterings of life once called the “quickening” won’t be felt by most Mamas until somewhere into the fourth month. Any earlier, buried deep within the protective cushioning of your womb, your tiny one could do acrobatics and you’d never know.
Via ultrasound, we can witness babies thumb-sucking, smiling, yawning, sneezing, hiccuping, opening their eyes, and exploring, not to mention stretching and kicking. Scientist who study life in the uterus have demonstrated that babies also dream.
As this 16 second video shows, babies even clap (as if to the music) very early in their development.
It might seem odd at first that developing babes would play in the womb, but if you think about it, it isn’t so odd at all.
Naturally in the uterus, play is limited, but play in the womb is essential for healthy mental and physical development of the child. We all have an inborn need to play and explore our world. We now know play in the womb starts very, very early. Play strengthens muscles and reflexes are tested out; just as adults need to move to remain strong, so the developing baby needs to move to progress and not atrophy.
In this fabulous 30 second sonogram video at 13 weeks, these fortunate parents witnessed their little baby play in the womb – jumping and rebounding off the uterine wall earlier and more vigorously than anyone ever thought happened.
Good For Mother, Too
Babies playing in the womb is good for the mother, too. It helps the mother to bond and enhances anticipation of her newborn child. Feeling a baby move in you makes a woman want to protect and care for her baby even before she sees or holds it. The movement also stimulates hormonal changes in a woman’s body to prepare for birth and nursing.
Ultrasound and The Abortion Debate
Studies have found babies in the womb feel pain as early as 17 weeks after conception, and unborn infants may feel pain more keenly than those already born! (source)
As technology devises ever more sophisticated ways for us to study the child in the womb, it’s getting more difficult for the abortion movement to argue in favor of snuffing out a child’s life. And who would want to argue in favor of deliberately causing the child pain on top of that?
What we’re speaking of here is no less than the humanity of the fetus, and these discoveries are making the subject harder and harder to avoid.
Scientific studies are in effect defending what our faith had already told us: that the life in the womb is indeed a human life, with the same qualities that make us consider our own lives sacred—a beating heart, brain function, childish play, and sensitivity to pain being just a few of them. And so we believe that a child’s life is a gift from God and worthy of protection and care.
“Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.” ~Proverbs 31.8
Historians often debate the greatest technological advancements of the past century, but I’ve got to wonder if ultrasounds shouldn’t be near the top.
These little ones can’t yet cry out, but they are speaking loudly … and winning.
Let your school-age children see these miracles for themselves!Wonders of God’s Creations: Human Life by Moody Bible Institute will give them a reverence and awe for life and babies, a part of God’s highest creation – unforgettable evidence of the Creator’s handiwork. We used this and others like it as part of our homeschool.
Have you had any startling, funny, or interesting experiences with ultrasound that you are willing to share?