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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:56 PM

Baby in Womb Grabs Doctor's Finger

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Giving birth can be a blur but a Valley couple took a picture that brings it into crystal clarity. The image of their baby reaching out of her mother's womb to hold the finger of the doctor performing a C-section has gone viral.

The little baby's name is Nevaeh -- Heaven spelled backward. Even the hospital staff told her parents there's something almost spiritual about the picture of Nevaeh holding the doctor's finger before technically being born.

"It was such an amazing photo. Hospital staff had possibly heard of it happening but they had never seen a photo of it," said Alicia Atkins, Nevaeh's mother.

Few lives will be as well documented as little Nevaeh's. Her mother is a professional photographer who owns A Classic Pin-Up in Glendale. However, it was her dad, Randy, who snapped the picture.

"The doctor called me over and said, 'Hey, she's grabbing my finger.' So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture," said Randy Atkins, adding that he was nervous about missing the precious and fleeting moment as he hurried to snap a picture.
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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:58 PM

2. Heaven spelled backwards. Blech. Bad taste in names.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:11 PM

17. I wouldn't go about throwing stones if my name was an anagram of "Greg the Trail Wind"

So there!

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Response to Bucky (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:16 PM

18. You have a point, there, Sucky.

Bucky. I meant Bucky.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:58 PM

3. grasping reflext

did the get any pictures the tonic reflex or fencer's pose?

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:22 PM

4. Point Well Taken

Point well taken point anti-abortionists...Now can we have a discussion about how many babies (after birth) that are left under-nourished, abused, and neglected? Are you going to take responsibility for providing each and every one these babies a caring and loving home? This is when the mother can't provide for them? No, don’t tell me let me guess, I am going to receive a big lecture about personal responsibility, no government safety net, and use of contraception - inconsistent argument here…

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Response to miamipilot (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:32 PM

5. This has no bearing on the abortion debate

Nobody would "abort" a baby about to be born. Anyone trying to use this as a "see? Abortion is evil!" card is drinking from the wrong milkshake.

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Response to IveWornAHundredPants (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:45 PM

6. There are a LOT of nutbag tealibans drinking that milkshake, unfortunately.

Hence I am a little troubled by the description of what is an unremarkable grasping reflex among human babies (and primates) designed to make sure the newborn clings to its mother, as something "almost spiritual" and a "precious and fleeting moment." It sure does sound like anti-abortionists' propaganda to me. The fact is, this baby did not consciously "grab the doctor's finger." The fact is, if you stick anything in the baby's hand, it's fingers will reflexively close around it. Try it sometime with a newborn.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:53 PM

8. That doesn't make it any less amazing!

No one would expect a baby in utero to do something like that with deliberation; nature is just amazing. And, it is a very tender and unique photo, taken by a loving father.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:29 PM

10. The birth of a baby is a precious and fleeting moment. It is, always, a miracle.

That has nothing to do with abortion.

The cesarean was being performed when the baby was how far along?

Long enough to live on its own most likely, long enough to be viable.

Most abortions take place long before viability.

This is spiritual but not relevant to a discussion of abortion.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:43 PM

11. I agree. Birth is a miracle. The grasp reflex? Not so much.

The video was entitled "Baby in Womb Grabs Doctor's Finger" not "Miracle of Birth." It falsely suggests the baby consciously grabbed the doctors' finger. Unfortunately, the loony teavangelicals use stuff like this to propagandize.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:47 PM

12. Generally up to 1 week before due date.

Unless it's an emergency.

However, anti-abortion activists will latch on to this and distort it for their own use.

A few weeks ago I got to see my new baby boy suck his thumb on the ultrasound monitor. Quite amazing.

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Response to miamipilot (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:19 PM

9. Absolutely was not posted as an anti-abortionist OT, this is a term C-section delivery...

this was posted for the simplicity and beauty of it, reflex or not, no points to be made...except every now and then to marvel at something simply because...

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:47 PM

7. First action in life .... shaking hands. That means she will be a great politician....

and elected president, some day!

Congrats to little Heaven spelled backwards!

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:12 PM

13. Um, pardon me for getting technical.....

but isn't that baby out of the womb and in the birth canal?

Doesn't matter, I suppose. But the whole "in the womb" thing does grate of right-to-lifer logic.

A newborn grasped a finger. Okay.




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Response to Jade Fox (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:06 PM

16. It was a C-section baby. Li'l Nevaeh never got near the birth canal

Sometime after the 3rd trimester, when the fetus becomes truly viable, everybody is anti-abortion (except, of course, life of the mother). Those 8½ month abortions the Right to Lifers like to rail about are almost always life threatening to the mother a/o involve babies that already dying.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:18 PM

14. Ok, and....??

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:03 PM

15. "Welcome to the world, little human. Hey, pull my finger!"

Bad omen if your first impression of humanity is a fart joke. By the by, babies instinctively grip fingers or sticks when placed on their palms. It's a throwback to our marmoset-like ancestors.

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