Photographer Captures Every Wondrous Step From The Conception To Childbirth And The Result Is Breathtaking

Date January 18, 2018

Where do babies come from? Well, if you are looking for a photographic analysis of how a baby is conceived and how it develops in the uterus, then you will be amazed by Lennart Nilsson's popular body of work. The photographer dedicated 10 years to recording the development and growth of the human embryo until the time a child is born.

In 1965, LIFE magazine brought Nilsson into the spotlight when it published 16 pages of his pictures of human embryos. Other publications like 'The Sunday Times' and 'Stern' reproduced Nilsson's work, giving it more exposure.

As a young boy, Nilsson loved microscopes and camera. Growing up, he has been able to combine his two big passion and create something truly magical.

For this set of pictures, Nilsson was able to get precise shots of each process of conception and pregnancy using a cystoscope (a medical instrument used to examine the inside of a urinary bladder). He managed to take thousands of pictures that captured the inside of the embryo while in its mother's womb.

Thanks to Nilsson, people were able to get a more visual and tangible idea of how a baby is conceived and how it develops in the womb.


The spermatozoon moving towards the egg while passing through the fallopian tube.



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The moment it meets the egg.



One of the 200 million spermatozoa penetrates the egg's membrane.



A view of the successful spermatozoon



About a week after the crucial meeting moment, the embryo begins its journey to the womb by floating through the fallopian tube. After a few days, the embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall.



The embryo-aged 22 days. The grey area will go on to develop as the child's brain.



By day 18, the foetus has a heartbeat.



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Day 28.



The foetus at five weeks. The face is taking shape and there are openings for mouth, eyes and nostrils.



Day 40: The placenta is formed when the exterior cells of the foetus attach itself to the loose surface of the uterine wall.



Week 8.



Week 16: The embryo is starting to feel around its environment.



Blood vessels lines have become visible.



Week 18: Its ears are developed enough that it can make out sounds from the outside world.



Week 19.



Week 20. Hair begins to appear.



Week 24.



Month 6



Week 36: The baby will be welcomed into the world in about a month.


Lennart Nillson's book. 'A Child is Born' has been republished many times since it was first released in 1965. He passed away in January 2017. He was 94-years-old.

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