Unborn child signals to parents “All’s well”

By Dave Andrusko

Smiling baby Leo David Hargreaves at 31 weeks and at 5 months old.

What’s more intriguing and/or more cute?

The beaming smile of baby Leo at five months that is virtually indistinguishable from the smile caught by sonographers when Leo Hargreaves was 31 weeks gestational age?

Or an unborn baby at 20 weeks who gives his mom and dad the thumbs-up ?

I don’t know, I think I’d call it a draw.

Emma Glanfield’s piece, “Hi mum and dad, everything’s fine in here!” ran a while back in the Daily Mail. It’s a delightful read.

We’re told the midwife at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester spent 15 minutes with mother Cheryl Stevenson, taking a very comprehensive scan.

“He was moving back and forth a lot and when it came to the end of the scan, they asked us if we wanted to know the sex, which we did. Then they asked us if we wanted some pictures,” said the dad, Paul Schofield. “’He immediately curled up into a ball and put his face down and at first we couldn’t get a clear picture. We were gutted.”

But maybe it was just that their unborn son needed a little prodding.

Paul Schofield, 31, and Cheryl Stevenson, 32, from Tameside, Greater Manchester, were left in fits of giggles after their unborn son presented them with the ‘thumbs up’ hand gesture (pictured) during a routine scan.

“As soon as the midwife said she would have to wrap things up, his little hand came out and he gave us the thumbs up,” Schofield told Glanfield. “We all burst into laughter. The midwife said she had seen a few hand gestures in her time but nothing as clear and forthright as this. It brought a great deal of happiness to our day.”

But these aren’t the only two recent examples of images of joyous unborn children captured by ultrasounds.

Go to youtube.com and you will see the unborn son of John and Charlotte Steel where their unborn son is laughing and rocking back and forth.

Paul Schofield could have been speaking for all the parents when he told Glanfield, “It was a unique experience that we wanted to share – and it was a great way of him telling us that we are doing a good job by him so far.”