What Are We Before We’re Born?

We would like you to take the time to get acquainted with our youngest Canadians and we hope you enjoy learning about this amazing world which is hidden from our sight. We are pleased to offer you a little peek through a window to human life in the womb. There are many people who really have never had the opportunity to see how we developed inside our mother’s wombs and there are also many who do not understand how wonderfully we developed and even believe that we were not human nor alive until we were born. The truth is we needed every stage of our development to be just what it was so that we could be who we are now.

These first nine months, we were meant to be nestled inside our mother’s wombs and nurtured by her body. We depended on her for the time and nourishment that would ensure our healthy growth as we steadily moved toward birth.

Each of us was a one celled human being, an embryo, a fetus, a newborn, an infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult and will become elderly and finally die. Every human being has had these same stages of development and degress of dependency which are natural and universally experienced.

The Science

There is no question about when human life begins.

In the widely used medical textbook, The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th Edition, Moore, Persaud, Saunders, 1998, states on page 2 that

“The intricate processes by which a baby develops from a single cell are miraculous …. This cell [the zygote] results from the union of an oocyte [egg] and sperm. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being ….” On page 18 this theme is repeated: “Human development begins at fertilization ….”

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