We’re only three days in, but I think we might have the coolest baby photo of 2013: A black and white shot of a baby grabbing its doctor’s hand from inside the womb during a Caesarian section. Posted to Facebook by mother Alicia Atkins earlier this week, the photo was taken by her husband, Randy, who was in the delivery room. It shows a tiny hand grasping a scrub-and-glove covered doctor’s hand, and despite how easily I’m skeeved out by the thought of C-sections (and a C-section photo), even I have to admit that it’s pretty amazing.
And I’m not the only one with this reaction. Although Alicia (who, ironically, is the professional photographer in the family–she runs “A Classic Pin-Up Photography” studio in Arizona) told KTVK that she was steeled for negative reactions to the photo when she posted it, they’ve gotten thousands of shares and hundreds of positive comments:
“We didn’t think we were going to get such positive feedback. We thought we would get more negative ‘that’s disgusting.’ [Instead] everybody just thought it was the best thing in the world.”
She explained the whole scenario in the caption of her Facebook photo:
I can FINALLY share this!!!!
This was 10 weeks ago when I was having my c-section and
Dr. Sawyer broke my water and my daughter reached up out of my stomach and grabbed the Dr.’s finger and my hubby caught this special moment.
I am in awe of this photo.
Something to remember forever.
Thank you for helping me deliver 3 of the most amazing wonderful gifts I could ever ask for. A Couple of miracle children.
You are truly an amazing Dr. and couldnt ask for a better one.
I had this printed for my OBGYN on a canvas.
And now that she’s gotten such overwhelming positive response, she added an extra note to her facebook page for fans:
I just want to give a quick shout out to everyone that has commented, shared, liked,and shown love to us over our daughters photo the past couple days. I tried to respond to everyone and then yesterday I couldnt. The photo has gone completely viral, worldwide, and as you can imagine, we are a little overwhelmed.
We appreciate all the psoitive feedback you all have given to us.
And thank you for supporting us throught this time.
We obviously didnt think it would ever be as huge as it is now.
We love every comment from everyone and I wish I could tell every one of you personally, thank you!
Please be patient with us if we dont get back to you right away as we still have our three children to take care of and our jobs as well. And of course our kids come first.
Thank you all again.