Dr. Nathaniel Fields, an American obstetrician and gynecologist, spotted what he considered to be an extraordinary way to show the size of a fetus, and thought to share it with the world.
“It dawned on me that it was the size of someone’s foot,” he said. “I showed it to a friend of mine and she said, ‘I don’t know what this is, but that’s a pregnant woman!’”
That moment brought Fields to his topic of discussion – diversity in medical illustration.
“Medical illustration is an underrepresented field,” Fields told Fox and Friends. “People who follow health care have a deep fascination about the bodies we’re so privileged to see and to play with in the movies and all kinds of media. The fact that we have an inaccurate representation of what this body is telling us is really disturbing.”
The result was a drawing of a black fetus that had its face washed out, but his measurement of its length made it look to Fields as if the fetus was about the same size as a soccer player.
Fields uploaded his illustration to Twitter, and it has since received nearly 10,000 retweets.
Other African-American illustrators have been following his lead, bringing their own illustrations to show the beauty in the process of pregnancy.
“I hope that people take this image and this theme and really get some perspective on it and stop this blatant ignorance of the body and stop this intense erasure of diversity,” Fields said.