Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Reaching Out


Did anyone see this? This photograph of  a baby girl in Arizona reaching out of her mother's womb, just on the cusp of her birth brought a tear to my eye.
In that moment we see determination, community and the future.
It's a modern Michelangelo for the iphone generation.



She's got the whole world in her hands.

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  1. What a beautiful, amazing image.

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  2. My mother in law posted that to my FB page. It freaked me out at first, lol, because I thought it was photoshopped.

    That reflex of holding onto everything for dear life is a primordial reflex called the palmar grasp reflex.

    I watched a documentary called the Science of Babies. You would love it! Very interesting. :) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1199125/

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    1. Dina - I love documentaries, I could watch one every night.

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  3. With me it was a cocktail glass! Actually,it's an amazing photo - luckily the surgeon called the father over to take the photo. Is there anything cuter or more heart-lifting than a little baby hand grasping at life? I love it.

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  4. What a great post! Love love that you connected it to the Michelango painting.....you have an amazing mind, dear one!!

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    1. so sorry....must learn to spell....
      Michelangelo

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    2. Anon- I had to double check the spelling too, mine isn't so great either.

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  5. A nice pic to be sure & just about as much birthing business as I ever care to see-the father took this?!?! I long for the days when a father's rightful place was in the waiting room passing out cigars.

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    1. GSL- indeed, the good old days!

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  6. A modern Michelangelo indeed. Well said.

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  7. Oh my that is amazing!
    I've seen pictures of babies in the womb sucking their thumbs so why not grasp a helping hand at the moment of birth?

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  8. I haven't seen this - amazing. Must have been a caesarean birth? I love hands - from babies to the very elderly.

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    1. Kathy: I do too, especially old hands, I see beauty in the toughened sinews and wrinkle carved skin.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful image, and wonderful they managed to get a photo. So rare. Thank you for showing us, I love it!

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  10. Oh my. I have tears in my eyes, the tiny grasp, I remember how that feels. When babies keep being born, gripping onto their new life with such enthusiasm, it can only mean we should all have hope, right? Life is a good thing.
    I am feeling emotional can you tell?

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  11. Wow, I did not see this. Pretty amazing!

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  12. that is just spectacular! thank you for this photograph - certainly makes you want to pause and just take it all in.

    xox P

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  13. My baby was born by planned caesar salad and I cry with joy and emotion whenever I see the photos of him being born- thank God for the nurse who took them for me. He was here, he was healthy, he was mine. It remains the single best day of my life ever! People do not realise that there are about 15 people in the theatre when you have a caesar so there are more than enough people to take photos! xxxx

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    1. 'caesar salad' - that's my morning giggle taken care of.

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    2. Mine too planned c sec - best thing ever, I don't think either way of giving birth is easy but at least with a planned C you can be organised (mani/pedi/facial/hair done check!) lol.....

      The little hand is so cute, love it when my boy holds my hand

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  14. This has made my so baby hungry. To give someone the opportunity to have an extraordinary life makes me want a kid so bad.

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  15. Awesome . I was present when my daughter gave birth to my grandson and it was one of the the most amazing and memorable occasions. To witness the miracle of birth is beyond words.

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  16. Yes...great words of Yours...è la magia dell'Amore!

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  17. A very emotive moment, from both sides of the lens.
    Birth is not always so picture perfect, and in the words of FF, a 'planned caesar salad'. Pushing ain't so pretty! You never forget how painful it is. EVER.

    It also brings to mind Kirstie Allsopp's recent comments about the right of a mother to choose between a light and tasty caesar salad, and the full on blood and guts Smörgåsbord of doing it the old fashioned way.
    Salad or Haggis, which would you choose?

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    1. C: I honestly do not know how women do it, I cannot imagine the pain, my mum had 4, natural childbirth, all born quietly at home. Of course dad would have been downstairs with the cigars.

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    2. I had two large babies (one 10+ lb!). I did go for the epidural, that's why God made anethstesiologists. I did not find the experience all that painful; i figured that it would only be temporarily painful, and at the end of it you get a lovely baby! Totally worth it IMO.

      ---Jill Ann

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  18. And this is almost the perfect contraceptive...the prospect of driving a Fiat, wear shockingly bad clothes, and forgetting all correct use of The Queen's English.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNVde5HPhYo

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  19. C: Good God, no! That is an aberration, what a revoltingly crass advert.

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  20. Well that has started my daf off right!

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  21. Incredible. Glad to know I am not the only one that got teary at seeing that.

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  22. I so love little baby hands, that's an incredible image.

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  23. That is AMAZING!!! So touching on so many levels. I am so glad someone was able to capture it on film. xo

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  24. GIVE ME A HAND Caesar salad will never be same. Last week I was just admiring how perfect baby hands are, the nails, the knuckle dimples. Great contrast shots.

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  25. That's amazing. Thanks for sharing. I read your blog every day and like.

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  26. All my life I had a feeling there was something important, bigger than myself which I was supposed to be doing. Then I had kids.

    Sheree

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  27. Had not seen this amazing photo,little baby hand so cute.Ida

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  28. A couple of years ago, i cried my eyes out as i saw "the hand of hope".
    While the surgeon was operating on his mom and actually saving his life, little baby grasped the surgeon s finger. Operation went well, baby was born healthy a couple of months later.

    http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/the_hand_of_hope_.jpg


    Panajota

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  29. Beautiful and saying so much. :)

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  30. Awww it makes me wonder what my son's birth was like!

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  31. What a fabulous and emotional image.

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  32. OMG. heart just jumped a mile.

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