1 WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM? Written by Margaret Sheffield Illustrated by Sheila Bewley ABOUT THE AUTHORS Margaret Sheffield was born in 1940 in New Zealand, where she received a Science Degree from the University of Otao. After teaching in New Zealand and London, she joined the BBC as a producer of School Radio programs. She has also worked in Katmandu advising the government of Nepal on slitting up school broadcasting there.
2 Sheila Bewley was born in 1939, studied illustration at St. Martin s School of Art in London, and did a year s post-graduate teaching in Bristol. After five more years of teaching, she became an artists agent and a freelance illustrator. In 1967 she moved to Cornwall in England. Her first, child was born in the summer of 1968 shortly before she started work on Where do Babies Come From? Margaret Sheffield was born in 1940 in New Zealand, where she received a Science degree from the University of Otago, After teaching in New Zealand and London, she joined the B.B.C, as a producer of School Radio programs. She has also worked in Katmandu, advising: the govern m put of Nepal on wetting up school broadcasting there. A note to parents and teachers Never before in a book have the questions young children ask about birth been answered so gently, so lovingly, and so directly. Here, beautifully adapted to the printed page for the adult to read and look at along with the child is the famous aw award-winning B.B.C. program Where Do Babies Come From? which is regarded in England, where it has been used throughout the primary school system, is one of the finest attempts ever made to deal with a child s dawning curiosity about the beginnings of life. On one aide of each double-spread, a simple test explains one stage in the process of conceiving and giving birth to a baby and tells the child about the parts of the body involved. Facing it: a beautiful, softly colorful painting, honestly explicit without being stark or frightening. Where do I come from? How was I born? All is made clear in an inspired collaboration between author and artist. Parents and teachers who have been repelled by sex education materials that are too coldly technical, or too cute, or too vague will find here at last the book they have been looking for.
3 Everybody in the world started life as a baby, like the baby in this picture which is drinking milk from one of its mother s breasts. Everybody was a baby once, and every baby is made in the same way, by two grown-up people, a man and a woman the baby s father and mother. There is no way of coming into the world fully grown.
4 Babies begin life inside their mothers bodies, in a special place, tailed the womb. You can t see the womb, because it is right inside the mother s body. But you can easily tell when a woman is going to have a baby because her whole belly looks bigger and rounder. The woman in the picture is going to have a baby. She is pregnant.
5 If you could look inside the body of a pregnant woman, yon would see the unborn baby curled up inside the womb where it is safe and warm and protected from the outside world. The way out of the womb is through the vagina, which ends in an opening between the woman s legs. But the womb is kept tightly closed until the day the baby is ready to be born.
6 Young girls have a womb and a vagina, bat they have babies until the womb is fully developed and their bodies are working like a grown-up woman s body. Young girls also don t have any breasts or any hair under their arms or around the vagina. These things come as they grow up.
7 Boys are different from girls, of course. Boys have a penis, which is joined to the body between their legs. Under the penis there is a small bag of skin with two small round-shaped things inside. The name for these is testicles, although because they re round like balls many people just call them balls.
8 Men look like boys except that they re bigger and they have hair growing on various parts of their bodies. Grown-up men have a special liquid in their testicles which comes out through the penis not urine, which also conies out through the penis, but a special, different liquid with things called sperms in it Sperms are invisible; you can only see them with a microscope. A sperm is what makes a baby grow inside a woman.
9 Women have eggs in their bodies, tiny eggs about the size of these dots... They re kept right inside the woman s body, near the womb. To make a baby, a sperm from the man has to get to one of these eggs in the woman.
10 The only way for the sperm to get to an egg is through the woman s vagina. This is how babies are begun, with the man lying so close to the woman that his penis can fit into her vagina. If one of his sperms can get to one of her eggs, a baby will begin to grow.
11 If a sperm manages to join up with an egg, they begin to grow into a baby, Hut the egg is so small to begin with that it takes three months to grow to the size shown in the picture. It weighs about one ounce. It is about two inches long. But although it is so tiny, it is already beginning to get the shape of a person, with a head and arms and legs.
12 After the baby has been growing for six months it looks much more like a person. It can kick its feet and move its arms about. It has eyelashes and hair and fingernails. It has a heart that beats. It gets its food and oxygen carried to it by blood that passes through the cord joining the baby s body to the inside of the womb. Yon can see the cord in the picture.
13 After nine months inside the womb, the baby is ready to be born. It has everything a new baby should have. It s probably about twenty inches long and from five to ton pounds in weight. In the month before it is born it usually settles down low in the womb, upside-down, ready to come out.
14 To be born the baby has to come out of the womb and down through the vagina. Mothers usually have a doctor or a nurse to help them with the birth, because it can take hours and hours, sometimes more than a day. The muscles that hold the womb tightly shut for nine months gradually relax and other muscles in the mother s body push the baby out.
15 When the baby is horn it still has the cord that joined it to the inside of the womb. The nurse ties pier s of tape on the cord, to stop the blood coining out, and then cuts it, because it isn t needed any more. After this has happened the baby really is a separate person.
16 This is a boy baby. He has a penis. It s impossible to tell whether a baby is a boy or a girl while it is still in the womb. But as soon as it is born the doctor looks to see whether it has a penis or a vagina and immediately says to the mother, It s a boy! or It s a girl!
17 This is a girl baby. She has a vagina. Inside she has a tiny womb and when she grows up she may have a baby herself.
18 Everybody in the world started life as a baby and was made in the same way, by a man and a woman together. Everybody grew first inside his or her mother s womb and then was born. And that is where babies come from. END
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