Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Current Events & Hot Topics Current Events & Hot Topics

s/o fetus alive... What is the difference between a baby and a fetus?

Posted by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM
  • 6 Replies

 

Poll

Question: what is the difference between a fetus and a baby?

Options:

a baby is a live breathing person

a fetus is sustainable only in the inside of a woman

they are one in the same

other


Only group members can vote in this poll.

Total Votes: 18

View Results

Origin of the Term "Fetus"

  • Fetus is a Latin word that means bringing forth, hatching of young and offspring. It also has roots in Indo-European, which relate to sucking or suckling. The original spelling of fetus is foetus.

A Fetus Resides in the Womb

  • A fetus at varying stages of development

    A fetus cannot typically survive outside of the womb before 24 weeks gestation. Even then, severe medical and developmental problems can result in fatality. A newborn baby, on the other hand, can survive outside of the womb.

A Baby is Born

  • A newborn baby's foot

    At the exact moment of birth a fetus is no longer considered a fetus, but a newborn baby. A newborn baby can breathe without assistance and should be able and ready to suckle from the mother's breast or a bottle.

How Long is a Baby Considered a Newborn?

  • Generally, the term newborn is applied to babies who are less than 28 days of age. Newborn may also be used to describe premature and postmature infants and stilborn babies.

Fetuses and Newborns are a lot alike

  • New research suggests that newborn babies do not suddenly reach new milestones because they leave the womb. Rather, a fetus at 32 weeks gestation often behaves just like a two-week-old newborn.



by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-6):
canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM
2 moms liked this
It's all about perspective. My kids were my babies from the second I even suspected I was pregnant. When I had my losses, I didn't lose an embryo or fetus, I lost a baby. But I don't expect everyone to feel the same way I did, I don't hold them to my standards or perspective. My babies were just that - *my* babies.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM
2 moms liked this

A fetus is the scientic term for a specific gestational age.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM
3 moms liked this

I don't like the word, that's it for me. I call it a baby upon conception.

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

My personal opinion is, it is a fetus until it is born in a viable state. But I have an odd way of thinking. For example, I do not consider a lost pregnancy a miscarriage if lost before the thirteen week mark. I would never tell someone that did feel it was a miscarriage that, but in my personal opinion, that is how I feel.

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:37 AM
2 moms liked this

 

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:30 AM
1 mom liked this

From the time it is conceived, it is a child.

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN