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 snuggled inside 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 this restful pose shouldn’t take our focus off the purposeful activity that has gone up until this point in the mother’s womb!
Marvelous, Hidden Play In the Womb
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.
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.
Astounding & Fascinating Facts
With today’s modern technology and medical information, we have a real-time window into the womb. What happens to babies before birth – all the ways they move, grow, and change – is nothing short of amazing.
“On the first day following fertilization, the human embryo is identifiable as a specific individual human being on a molecular level.”
A baby’s heart begins to beat at 22 days.
At 2 to 3 weeks, a baby’s brain is the “first organ to appear.”
And there is more. Imagine yourself back in your mother’s womb.
Ultrasound and The Abortion Debate
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.
Simply put, I now understand why pro-abortion leaders opposed the technology at every turn, for we can see for ourselves the wondrous beauty of LIFE….where each one of us has been as we were knit together.
<<—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.
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