Ladies for Life

“Complete”

Posted on: September 16, 2009

I took a fetal model (boy, 11-12 weeks along) to a women’s Bible study class this week. One of the ladies, a nurse, held it in her hand for a while, lost in thought.

“I held a baby this age in my hand,” she finally said. The mother had miscarried, and this nurse and the mother gently held the baby’s body, marveling together over the fingers and toes, and how “complete” the baby was. “We could tell it was a little girl,” the nurse added, as if she hadn’t expected that to be apparent in a baby that young.

Amazed at what she was seeing, the nurse took the child around to show other nurses. “We were all so amazed,” she said, “at how complete she was.”

The nurse was smiling as she said this, and every time she said the word “complete” there was an amazed, joyous, emphasis on the word. It had been a wonderful discovery, I guess.

OK, I’ll admit it – the first time I read this, in which Scott Klusendorf claims that a lot of people tend to think of babies being constructed instead of developing, my reaction was something along the lines of ‘yeah, right.’

But since then, this nurse is not the only person I’ve talked to who had some kind of awakening when she finally saw what a preborn really looks like, and realized that the baby was ‘all there’.

This is a nurse, ladies. Presumably she’s had more training in the stages of human development than most of us. But it took having a “complete” baby in her hand before the truth sank in.

We have a lot of work to do.

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2 Responses to "“Complete”"

Kathryn, this is so true. For several years I was the director of our rural crisis pregnancy ministry and was invited to participate in the local high school health fair each year. The prenatal models were the most popular display. Despite the fact that these students are taught biology, they were always amazed at how developed babies are in the womb. They would hold the models gently and thoughtfully. It was my prayer that this reality would be imbedded in their minds should they be faced with a crisis pregnancy of their own in the future.

Yes, we do.

However, something else struck me about this story. How lovely of that nurse to treat the miscarrying mother and her child so tenderly, instead of acting like the deceased baby was nothing more than some defective tissue. And the nurse did so before even discovering how “complete” the baby was.

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