My Daughter's Face

December 03, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Geeky, News, Offspring, Photos, Videos 1,534 views

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3D Fetus FaceSeveral friends highly recommended that we go to a special private ultrasound clinic. For 100€, we were told, you get much clearer pictures of your unborn child. We considered not doing it and saving the c-note, but in the end our curiosity got the better of us. Not to mention our bad experience with the public obstetrician. When our friends told us to be sure to bring a blank DVD with us, any doubts I had evaporated. Any doctor tech savvy enough to burn an optical disc must be good.

The office was in the center of Santander, a 40-minute rainy drive away. We seemed to be the first appointment of the day at 10:00. A receptionist came out and asked for Marga’s national id card and the date of her last period (that’s how the whole pregnancy timeline is calculated for you uninitiated). After a couple minutes of appreciating the art in the waiting room, we were summoned into a dimly lit examination room and Marga was instructed to disrobe her abdomen. After a minute, a gentle softspoken doctor entered the room and the first words out of his mouth were Marga’s full name. Already he was off to a better start than the cold robot women we’d had before. He asked how she had been feeling, if she had been feeling the baby kick, what her concerns were, etc. The examination room was set up with the ultrasound machine to the left of the bed and (get this!) a monitor directly in front of the bed so that Marga could see everything that was being displayed on the monitor! The doctor explained everything he did in a soft calming voice, “Now I’m going to measure the cranium; perfectly normal. Now I’m going to examine the heart; very good, everything is developing just as it should.” We could see why this guy came so highly recommended.

And the technology…. and the technology. I was almost in too much nerdy computer user interface programmer awe to take in the proper awe of seeing my child’s face for the first time. Somehow with a single ultrasound paddle, the machine is able to construct a perfect three-dimensional model of the fetus inside the womb. The screen looks like a normal ultrasound display, but then the doctor selects a portion of the image to view in 3D and everything goes magical. The computer gives a shaded rendering of the contents of the womb that can then be, without moving the paddle (software only), rotated on all three axes until the best angle to see the fetus has been attained. And then you can watch it in real time! This technology is misnamed by the marketing goofballs as 4D Ultrasound. Un. be. lievable.

Without further ado, I present to you, the face of my daughter…3D Fetus Profile

Is it just me, or does that ear look a little low to you? I know, I know, she’s still in beta and hasn’t officially been released yet, but…

3D Fetus Face

The nose and mouth seem quite wide (almost African?), but other than that, she’s a pretty good looking fetus.

I must admit to having a few of those ridiculous “Oh my god! My daughter is the most beautiful creature ever to exist in the entire universe!” thoughts. Apparently I have some parental neurons that are firing for the first time.

Going into this exam, we had a few doubts about the nonchalant Declaration of Gender given to us by the previous obstetrician, so when the doctor started examining below the waist and asked if we knew, we said that we had been told, but that we wanted him to give his analysis. He adeptly positioned things perfectly to leave little doubt that my child is the proud owner of a vagina. That’s good, because we’ve been picturing a little girl for weeks now and have been given quite a lot of pink clothing.

Despite the amazing 3D nature of the video, there are still parts that are hard to make out on first viewing. The legs don’t look like much until the end of that segment when they become clearly recognizable human legs. She weighs 640 grams (1 lb, 6.5 oz), which he seemed to determine somehow from the size of the cranium. Everything (heart, brain, kidneys, lungs, spinal cord, noggin, eyes, hands, limbs, etc.) is perfectly normal (nothing superhuman yet, I’m afraid) and she’s a little bit towards the large size of the bell curve at this juncture. (To which Marga responded, “See? I told you I was enormous!”)

This video is also available on Flickr, YouTube, Metacafe, Google, Break,, Veoh, Imeem, Stupid Videos, Sclipo, Viddler and 5min.

No doubt you will all want to carry this amazing video around on your iPhones like I do, so here’s an iPod-compatible version for you to download (6.1 MB).

O si prefieres verlo en español, hay una versión en español también.

  • Wow… that’s amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • “Apparently I have some parental neurons that are firing for the first time.”

    I expect a great deal of entertainment to come from this sort of thing as more of these fire and catch you off guard.

    She’s beautiful. Good work, you two.

    (Dammit. I’ve actually welled up a little. Stupid sentimentality neurons.)

  • Fantastic, and I can definitely see the family resemblance.
    On the other hand, I still find myself wondering how your daughter will react in years to come when she discovers that before she was even born you were displaying her “girl parts” on the internet for all to see.

  • Marigoldie

    Erik, I had no idea this was even possible. She is obviously a gorgeous child.

  • KP

    That is very cool. I would have been geeking out, too. Congratulations! She is indeed the most beautiful Spanish/American child in the history of the world.

  • Such a happy feeling watching your baby inside the womb. You’ll get excited on when she will come out… Your daughter will look more good and beautiful when she’s already here in the real world.. congratulations Erik.

  • Heather

    Sheesh I haven’t come and read for months (sorry!) would you look at that sweet girl! Congrats to the both of you!!!

  • Congratulations on such a successful Spanish-American joint endeavor. Now I just have to figure out who she looks like…doesn’t really matter I guess, because half the people will say she looks like you, and the other half will say she looks like Marga. I actually saw this the other day, but didn’t have time to comment. I can just picture you being amazed by the technology…man, when we had our kids all we got was a black and white image of something resembling a blob. You know, in few years I have the feeling we’ll be seeing your lovely daughter ranting on her very own blog about how insensitive her father was to go around showing her girl parts on the internet before she was born. Don’t worry, I’ll leave her a comment telling her that fatherly pride will do that to a person. 😉

  • Just curious to know why you said “other than that” about the african features. Almost like your implying that african features arent attractive …but hey i cant expect there not to be any racism left in the world. Im a 23 year old multi-racial female so I guess only 3 fourths of me is beautiful..The “non african” parts. hehe. Well there goes my hopes and dreams. See ya.

  • You make an excellent point, MoNique. That statement does sound pretty racist. I sure didn’t intend it that way. I suppose that what I meant was that “given her known genetic make-up, those African features are unexpected”. But I do concede that the statement sounds like I was implying that African features are ugly, and I can definitely see how that could be offensive. I do admit to having the almost universal human tendency of finding people of my own race more attractive, I would argue that this aesthetic preference is not strictly racism (the belief that one race is inherently superior to another), and is merely a remnant of gene-selfish evolution.

    With all offensive statements, however, it only matters how you are understood, not what you intended. Thank you, MoNique for calling me out on that offensive remark.