Sometimes with all of the mucous checking, suppository insertions, blood draws, and other functional things that you do while trying to conceive, it’s easy to lose sight of the art and beauty involved in the process of reproduction. I was reminded of this beauty when I recently received a birthday gift from a patient.

She gave me a print by the artist Kaitlin Walsh, who describes her work as anatomical watercolors. Her graduate degree is in Biomedical Visualization which involved taking fine art and medical school courses. The difficult and premature delivery of her first son which resulted in his several month hospital stay was her inspiration to focus on portraying, “the beauty and complexity of the human body.”

This is Kaitlin’s watercolor of a three-day-old embryo, which has between 6 and 10 cells.


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