Picture of baby reaching out of womb goes viral

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by Jason Volentine

khou.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

PHOENIX -- Giving birth can be a blur but a Valley couple took a picture that brings it into crystal clarity.  The image of their baby reaching out of her mother’s womb to hold the finger of the doctor performing a C-section has gone viral.

The little baby’s name is Nevaeh – Heaven spelled backward.  Even the hospital staff told her parents there's something almost spiritual about the picture of Nevaeh holding the doctor's finger before technically being born.

“It was such an amazing photo.  [Hospital staff] had possibly heard of it happening but they had never seen a photo of it,” said Alicia Atkins, Nevaeh’s mother.

Few lives will be as well documented as little Nevaeh's. Her mother is a professional photographer who owns A Classic Pin-Up in Glendale. However, it was her dad, Randy, who snapped the picture.

“The doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she's grabbing my finger.’  So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it.  It was such an amazing picture,” said Randy Atkins, adding that he was nervous about missing the precious and fleeting moment as he hurried to snap a picture.

The picture has gotten more than 10,000 views and 1,000 likes on Facebook. Alicia has even gotten a few offers to buy the photo.

Surprisingly though, the couple was never originally going to show the photo to anyone outside their family and friends.

“We didn't think we were going to get such positive feedback.  We thought we would get more negative ‘that's disgusting…’” Alicia said.  “[Instead] everybody just thought it was the best thing in the world.”

Nevaeh was born in October and has two older siblings, both of whom are enjoying the family's new-found popularity.

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