Friday, February 3, 2012

Fetus or Baby?

When I was 11 weeks pregnant, we had quite the scare.  Rushing to the hospital, I was 99% positive I had a miscarriage.  I was very surprised when the doctor turned on the ultrasound machine and we could see our little baby bouncing around in there.  It was the first time we had seen our little one, and it was a relief.  It also blew my mind to see how PERFECT that baby was already.  At 11 week pregnant (which means the baby was only 9 weeks old) we could see our little one's perfect head and see that the baby had little hands up around (or possible in) the mouth.

 The doctor was great...she explained that I could still have a miscarriage, but the fact that baby was alive and had a
very strong heartbeat at the time of the ultrasound was a definite positive and decreased the chances.  She always referred to our little one as "what a cute human" or "what a precious baby."  But the nurse kept referring to our baby as a "fetus."  Every time the nurse said that, I would glance up at the screen in sheer amazement that she did not seem to understand that that "fetus" (as she kept insisting on saying) was a person.  A wonderfully made person who was just beginning to develop...  Oh how wonderful it was to see.

Our baby at 14 weeks pregnant (baby is 12 weeks)
Since then, I have had wonderful nurses, doctors, and ultrasound technicians who ALWAYS talk about baby as "the cute little person," or "the new baby," or something that makes our little one to truly be a HUMAN.  But once again, the idea that a baby is ever just a "fetus" comes from evolutionist ideology and a clear misunderstanding or shunning of the Scripture.  Every time I see the pictures of our little one, I am reminded of Psalm 139.  I hope the next time you see some ultrasound pictures you all remember that the little one you are viewing is 100% human and baby...not just a "fetus" as some medical professionals would like to pass them off as.

Our baby at 15 weeks pregnant (baby is 13 weeks)
 "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."  Psalms 139:13-16

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