National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

Reaching Out in Hope

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

January 27-February 9, 2013 Issue | Posted 1/18/13 at 6:16 PM


In a recent video, Phoenix television station KTVK reported on a compelling picture of a baby reaching out from her mother’s womb to grasp a doctor’s hand during a C-section delivery (shown here).

The photo of the baby was taken by her father, Randy Atkins, while his wife, Alicia, was delivering their daughter with the assistance of medical staff at a Phoenix hospital.

The impact of the photo is striking testimony to the full humanity of children in the womb. It has gone viral on the Internet, and the awestruck parents named their daughter Nevaeh — or "Heaven" spelled backwards — after witnessing the event.

And according to KTVK, "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."