A twin leans over and kisses the cheek of her sister in a heart-warming picture that would not be out of place in any family home.
Yet these siblings are a not even born and the astonishing images have been captured on a new ‘four-dimensional’ ultrasound scan of the womb.
The scans are a highly developed form of traditional ultrasound where very high frequency sound waves are used to produce images of what is inside the body.
London-based obstetrician Professor Stuart Campbell..’It was fascinating to see the babies in more detail than ever before. I was amazed at the detail in the faces – smiles, blinking – and the interaction between multiple foetuses.’
Not exactly just a “mass of cells” are they?
“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number. Fill the earth and subdue it.”
What is that miraculous breath of spirit that seeks sanctuary in her mother’s womb.
Two bodies growing together as one.
In spite of all the anticipation before conception and during pregnancy, despite weeks of waiting to feel that first “kick” within and fantasizing about the gender of your baby, despite months of having weird or wonderful dreams, troubling thoughts, and being terrified about what kind of parent you will be, the first time you hold your baby in your arms and call yourself mommy or daddy, an awareness engulfs you that your life will never quite be the same ever again.
It hits you right in the heart.
Another human being is now dependent upon you for its very survival.
And yet…we have this.
Unfortunately, the problem of new mothers abandoning their babies, typically in unsafe places where they may not be found, is not uncommon.
Although the exact numbers are not known, a survey of the HHS Administration for Children and Families found that 65 babies were abandoned in public places in 1991 and 105 in 1998.
They also found that 8 of those infants were found dead in 1991, which increased to 33 in 1998.
Safe Haven Laws for Abandoned Babies
In response to these abandonment cases and a group of 13 abandoned babies in Houston in 1999, Texas lawmakers adopted a safe haven law so that mothers could leave a baby in a safe place without having to worry that they would be prosecuted.
Unfortunately, so far, they don’t seem to be having much of an impact on babies being abandoned in unsafe places.
For those of us who took a look at that wrinkled, squashed and scrunched-up little thing we gave birth to…….we simply can not imagine hurting let alone abandoning our beautiful babies to the fates.
And as they grow..remembering the lines that made us tear everytime we heard them…
“Read me a story daddy…”
Ah. Being a mommy or daddy.
Being a son or daughter.
What say y’all sweet friends?
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
“Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes”
“A Daughter is a Little Girl who grows up to be a Friend”
“Your folks are like God because you want to know they’re out there and you want them to approve of your life, still you only call them when you’re in a crisis and need something.”
(Michellee Chuck Palahniuk)
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