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A human from moment of conception

Letter to the Editor

The world tries to tell us that babies aren’t babies until they are born. But science proves this wrong.

At the moment of conception, a human being comes into existence. At three weeks and five days, the embryo embeds to the wall of the uterus. The placenta (an organ that carries nourishment to the baby from the mother’s bloodstream and into the umbilical cord) begins to form as well, and starts to produce hCG, which is the hormone that is detected by pregnancy tests. The baby’s heart starts to pump 22 days after fertilization, and one week after a missed period. At six weeks, the brain is dividing into its three parts. At nine weeks, ovaries can be identified in girls. Ten weeks, the embryo is now called a fetus. Did you know that fetus means “young one”? Thumb sucking can begin as early as eleven weeks, as well as grasping, opening the mouth, sighing and stretching. Taste buds form at 16 weeks. At 18 weeks, poking a needle into a baby’s abdomen causes a stress hormone to be released. 24 weeks is the age where a baby could survive if it was born at that time. (“Fetal Development Timeline”. Before You Decide Magazine. May 2016.)

As Dr. Seuss says, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Hope Center has lots of classes and brochures with more information, and it’s all free! Call our Grangeville center at 208-983-0093 or our Kamiah center at 208-935-0376 to make an appointment or drop in anytime we’re open. 

Katie Linabary


Hope Center – Grangeville, Kamiah


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