Poppy seed-sized humans have a heartbeat

By the time you know you’re pregnant, your baby’s journey is already well under way.

Life begins earlier than you may think. A baby the size of a poppy seed can have a tiny heart capable of beating up to 110 beats a minute.

You can hear the rapid beat of a tiny heart forming inside a mother’s womb by the fourth week of pregnancy.

Before we can open our eyes or take a breath, we have a heartbeat.

The privilege of this heartbeat stays with us for life as we experience what it’s like to be loved, known and to grow up.

It happens in a heartbeat

A baby’s heartbeat grows stronger during its most critical stage of development in the first few months of pregnancy.

4 weeks

At four weeks, we can see the beginnings of a little face—mouth, jaw, throat, the shape of eyes—and the heart begins to beat.

8 weeks

All of the baby’s tiny features continue to develop. The baby’s brain is well formed, and its limbs are taking shape.

12 weeks

In 12 weeks, the baby has reached the most vital stage of development. It has grown to the size of a plum and now has little hands, arms, fingers, feet and toes.

What happens in early pregnancy?

I’m pregnant

Do you have all the information you need right now? Our mission is to provide you with all the facts you need to make an informed decision.

Support for pregnant women

I’m her mother

If you’re unsure about how to help your daughter during this time, we can help.

Support for family

I’m her father

What does it look like to support your daughter during an unexpected pregnancy?

Support for family

I’m her partner

This might not be what you had planned, but you’re in this together.

Support for partners

I’m her doctor

Your job places you in rooms with pregnant women. Are you presenting all the facts, so she can make an informed decision that’s right for her?

Support for clinicians

We all have a choice

If you’re deciding or helping someone decide what to do about their pregnancy, know you’re not alone. There are so many avenues of support to help you during this time.

Explore our website for more information or the fact sheets below to find out your choices.

Why we care

notbornyet started out of concern that some women were making a rushed and irreversible decision about their pregnancy. For many women, it’s an intensely vulnerable time. Many come under pressure from others and are unable to access or consider all the facts about the short- and long-term consequences of their choice.

We are pro-woman and for-children.

notbornyet is the campaign website of Emily’s Voice, a not-for-profit charity started to help Australians fall in love with the unborn, and encourage and support women with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy.

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