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Materials for pastoral outreach and education, so that people may learn about the development of the unborn child.


WEEK OF MAY 20 (Ninth Week of Development)
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For eight weeks now, we have traced the development of Baby Chris from fertilization to the point now where the baby has all bodily systems in place.

And during all this time, Baby Chris has, in scientific terms, been called an “embryo.”

An embryo, whose heart beats, whose hands and feet have been visible, and who moves around.

An embryo, who joins his/her hands together and whose heart has beat some 7 million times.

So many people, when they hear the word “embryo,” imagine something that is unformed, a microscopic mass of tissue.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and the videos of Baby Chris at this stage are the most powerful way to show exactly who this baby is.


WEEK OF MAY 20 (Ninth week of development)
Developmental Facts
On Monday, May 20th, Baby Chris is 8 weeks old, and, in embryological terms, now begins to be called a “fetus” rather than an “embryo.”

The baby’s heart has already beat over 7 million times.

Baby Chris is now the size of a cherry tomato, has more than 4000 body parts routinely found in newborns and adults, and possesses about 1 billion specialized cells, forming nearly all components of all body systems!

Baby Chris is beginning to perform occasional breathing motions.

The eyelids begin to fuse together and completely cover the eyes.

Eight Week Image:

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WEEK OF MAY 13 (Eighth week of development)
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On May 13th, Baby Chris turns 7 weeks old, and enters the final week of being an “embryo.” At the end of this week, the “fetal” period will begin.

Baby Chris, by that time, will have all organ systems present and accounted for!

Some of the most striking video of the developing baby can be seen at this time, during this and the next few weeks of development.



WEEK OF MAY 13 (Eighth week of development)
Developmental Facts
From 7 to 7½ weeks, tendons attach leg muscles to bones, and knee joints appear.

Also by 7½ weeks, the hands can be brought together, as can the feet.

The embryo also kicks, and will jump if startled.

Also by 7 to 7½ weeks, nephrons, the basic filtration units in the kidneys, begin to form.

Seven Week Image:

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WEEK OF MAY 6 (Seventh week of development)
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We continue to track the development of Baby Chris in the womb, at BabyChris.org.

On May 6, Baby Chris turns six weeks old. During this week, we will be able to start detecting Baby Chris’s brain waves!

And the vesicles in Baby Chris’s brain will double in size!

By the conclusion of the week, cell groupings resembling taste buds appear on the tongue and hiccups begin.

Follow with us the marvelous development of this baby and pray for the protection of all babies in the womb!



WEEK OF MAY 6 (Seventh week of development)
Developmental Facts
Along with the facts mentioned in this week’s message, listen to this sound of the heartbeat of the baby at six weeks of development.


WEEK OF APRIL 29 (Sixth week of development)
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We continue to track the development of Baby Chris in the womb, at BabyChris.org.

On April 29, Baby Chris turns five weeks old. The baby’s first movements will occur during this week. The baby’s cartilage begins to form during this week as well.

Images and video of the baby at this stage can be seen in our resources, through the process of embryoscopy.

Follow with us the marvelous development of this baby and pray for the protection of all babies in the womb!



WEEK OF APRIL 29 (Sixth week of development)
Developmental Facts
Developmental Facts

Though a pregnant woman does not feel movement for at least another 8 to 10 weeks, the embryo begins to move between 5 and 6 weeks. The embryo’s first movements are both spontaneous and reflexive. A light touch to the mouth area causes the embryo to reflexively withdraw its head, while the embryo’s trunk will twist spontaneously. Movements are essential for the normal development of bones and joints.

Cartilage formation begins by 5½ weeks.

By 5½ weeks, retinal pigment is subtly visible externally.



WEEK OF APRIL 22 (Fifth week of development)
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We continue to track the development of Baby Chris in the womb, at BabyChris.org.

On April 22, Baby Chris turns four weeks old. Chris’ heart is beating about 113 times per minute, upper and lower limb development has already begun, and rapid brain growth is occurring. This week, the brain will divide into five distinct sections, and the baby’s head will comprise about one third of the baby’s total size.

It is amazing to see so much activity and growth in a child just a little over one eighth of an inch tall!



WEEK OF APRIL 22 (Fifth week of development)
Developmental Facts

By 4 weeks the clear amnion surrounds the embryo in a fluid-filled sac.[55] This sterile liquid, called amniotic (am-nē-ot'ik) fluid, provides the embryo with protection from injury.[56]

The heart typically beats about 113 times per minute.[57] The heart changes color as blood enters and leaves its chambers with each beat. The heart will beat approximately 54 million (5.4×107) times before birth and over 3.2 billion (3.2×109) times over the course of an 80-year lifespan.[58]

Rapid brain growth is evidenced by the changing appearance of the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain.

Upper and lower limb development begins with the appearance of the limb buds by 4 weeks.[59]

The skin is transparent at this point because it is only one cell thick.

As the skin thickens, it will lose this transparency, which means that we will only be able to watch internal organs develop for about another month.[60]

Between 4 and 5 weeks, the brain continues its rapid growth and divides into five distinct sections.[61]

The head comprises about one-third of the embryo's total size.[62]

The cerebral (ser'ĕ-brăl) hemispheres appear,[63] gradually becoming the largest parts of the brain.[64]

Functions eventually controlled by the cerebral hemispheres include thought, learning, memory, speech, vision, hearing, voluntary movement, and problem-solving.[65]



WEEK OF APRIL 15 (Fourth week of development)
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The Heartbeat

National pro-life groups are sponsoring the “Baby Chris” project, tracing the development of an unborn baby from March 25th to Christmas.

On April 15th, Baby Chris turns three weeks old. During this fourth week of development, the heartbeat begins. We all know that in day to day experience, a heartbeat is an indication of life.

And as our project focuses on the development of the baby’s heart, we are seeing various states pass legislation to protect children in the womb as soon as that heartbeat can be detected.

Learn more about the development of the unborn child, and participate in this special project, at www.BabyChris.org.



WEEK OF APRIL 15 (Fourth week of development)
Developmental Facts

Heartbeat is central talking point. Information on heartbeat-related legislation can be found here and here.

Source for the 54 million heartbeats

Information and infographics re: fourth week at Endowment for Human Development.

Virtual Embryo

Coincidentally also tax day; consider secondary theme re: taxpayer funding of abortion



WEEK OF APRIL 8
Developmental Facts

Information and infographics re: third week at Endowment for Human Development

Again, Virtual Embryo is best source of images

Many mothers find out they are pregnant around this time, when they first miss a period. Consider sharing pregnancy announcement videos.



WEEK OF APRIL 1
Developmental Facts

For the earliest weeks of pregnancy, the best images are available at the Virtual Embryo project

Information and infographics re: first week and implantation at Endowment for Human Development

Coincidentally April Fool's Day; consider secondary message about the foolishness of pro-abortion science denial



Join the Baby Chris Project

Over 30 national pro-life groups launched a project this past week that takes America on a journey through the development of a child in the womb from March 25th to Christmas Day, December 25th. During this journey we will learn basic scientific facts about the growth of these children, and see striking videos and photos through the app called "See Baby Pregnancy Guide." Learn more about the project at www.BabyChris.org.



WEEK OF MARCH 25: FERTILIZATION
Journey Through the Development of an Unborn Baby!

A coalition of national pro-life groups, organized by Priests for Life, are urging people to observe March 25th as the "Day of the Unborn Child" (already celebrated in various countries), and then to journey through the nine months of pregnancy, until Christmas Day, with prayer, outreach, and education, so that people may learn about the development of the unborn child.

See Baby Pregnancy GuideWe will be using the app called "See Baby Pregnancy Guide" (available for IOS and Android). Check it out on the app store. You will see video footage of the unborn child far more powerful than anything ultrasound can accomplish. With each week of pregnancy, basic fetal development facts are shared. You can see a sampling of what is on this app in the video window on this page.

During this nine month journey, we will provide you with information, social media updates, and prayers. We want the whole country to see the baby in the womb, our youngest neighbor. By seeing these children and knowing more about their development, people can see more clearly that these are our brothers and sisters, and need to be protected and cherished.

You can follow the project at www.BabyChris.org. God bless you!



Join the Baby Chris Project

Over 30 national pro-life groups launched a project this past week that takes America on a journey through the development of a child in the womb from March 25th to Christmas Day, December 25th. During this journey we will learn basic scientific facts about the growth of these children, and see striking videos and photos through the app called "See Baby Pregnancy Guide." Learn more about the project at www.BabyChris.org.