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Lennart Nilsson: Life Before Birth

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The groundbreaking medical photography of Lennart Nilsson charting the development of the baby from conception until birth.

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Lennart Nilsson: Life Before Birth

  1. 1. BIRTH beforeLIFE The Groundbreaking Photography of Lennart Nilsson
  2. 2. “I want to educate people and also increase their reverence for life.” Pioneer of medical photography Dedicated special attention to capturing the development of the human being from conception to birth Endoscopes and macro lenses were used to capture these breathtaking images 1922–2017 Lennart Nilsson
  3. 3. Fertilisation After travelling through the fallopian tube, sperm reach the egg that has been released from the ovary. Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  4. 4. Only one sperm can make it through the egg’s outer surface – called the ‘zona pellucida’ – to fertilise the egg.
  5. 5. The egg and sperm nuclei fuse to form the zygote. 23 chromosomes from the mother and 23 chromosomes from the father combine to create a unique human life. HUMAN LIFE begins A unique Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  6. 6. HUMAN LIFE begins The combined 46 chromosomes contain the entire genetic blueprint of the new human including gender, fingerprints, freckles, eye colour and blood type. A unique
  7. 7. FIVE Heart beats at 150 bpm Eyes, ears and nose are forming Leg and arm buds growing Distinct brain segments weeks later Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  8. 8. SEVEN weeks First movements are detected Fingers, toes and eyelids almost complete All major organs present Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  9. 9. TEN weeks Nervous system is responsive Irises are developing Baby can yawn, swallow and suck Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  10. 10. TWELVE weeks Baby is kicking, leaping and stretching Fingers and toes can move All vital organs formed Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  11. 11. TWELVE weeks Developing reflexes e.g. thumb-sucking Nervous system is functioning Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  12. 12. TWENTY weeks Baby can hear conversations, loud noises and music Taste buds have formed Improved sense of touch Photograph by Lennart Nilsson Fetal age milestones from Prof Stuart Campbell, ‘Watch Me Grow!’ London: Carroll & Brown Ltd, 2004
  13. 13. “I WANT TO EDUCATE PEOPLE AND INCREASE THEIR REVERENCE FOR LIFE.”Lennart Nilsson
  14. 14. BIRTH beforeLIFE � LifeWorks 2018

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