“Life’s Greatest Miracle” is an exquisite and very detailed documentary on the process of how babies are created. This comprehensive program shows the process of how they are made and grow at a cellular level and it shows how babies grow and develop in the mother’s womb during the pregnancy. In addition, a newborn and infant’s developmental and growth processes are discussed. Watching “Life’s Greatest Miracle” gave great supplement to this class’s readings about the prenatal development, birth, physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development in infancy as they go directly hand-in-hand with another.
For example, the documentary discusses in great detail about the process of DNA mitosis. Mitosis, as said in the video, is the process of DNA duplicating itself. The textbook reading goes into it a bit further stating, “This special ability permits the one-celled fertilized ovum to develop into a complex human being composed of a great many cells… during mitosis, the chromosomes copy themselves. As a result, each new body cell contains the same number of chromosomes and identical genetic formation” (Berk).
Speaking of chromosomes, the documentary discussed what they are and what their significances are. The video remarked that babies are made up of 46 chromosomes, 23 from each parent. These chromosomes are the bases of our genetic foundations. In the text, it states, “Each of us is made of trillions of… cells. Inside each cell… is a… nucleus that contains rodlike structures called chromosomes, which store and transmit genetic information” (Berk).
The book states that further down the road, specifically two to three months later, the period of the fetus, which is from the ninth week to the end of the pregnancy, is the longest prenatal period. During this period, the organism grows vastly in size. But right before the fetus is formed, the eyes, ears, nose, jaw and neck form along with the arms, legs, fingers, and toes. The internal organs are...