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Celebrate Life Magazine - Fall 2017

The fall 2017 issue of Celebrate Life Magazine contains "Abortion Victim Photos" by Lori Hadacek Chaplin, "Securing the future" by Laura Kizior, "A pro-life Giant" by Donald DeMarco, PhD, "God's Little Ones" by Diane Stark, and "Roe v. Wade's days are numbered" by Raymond J. Adamek, PhD

God’s Little Ones

God’s Little Ones Catherine Jacob’s powerful doll ministry By Diane Stark “Catherine, I’m sorry, but you’ve miscarried again,” Catherine Jacobs’s doctor told her in 1994. “We need to do a dilation and curettage.” Just three months before, Catherine had suffered a miscarriage, and now her doctor was giving her that heart-breaking news for the second time. “The Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me not to allow the D&C,” Catherine said. “Instead, I had an ultrasound, which showed that I was carrying twins, but that I had placenta previa.” The doctor advised Catherine to abort one of the twins to give the other a better chance of survival. Catherine refused and was sent home on bed rest. Combining art with fetal development For many years, Catherine had worked as an elementary school art teacher, but now, she was unable to work because of the pregnancy complications. “My daughters were two and four at that time, and I wanted to show them what the babies in my tummy looked like, so I began to research fetal development,” Catherine said. “Then I sculpted life-sized models of my tiny babies.” 26 Celebrate Life Magazine | FALL 2017

Catherine also sculpted a model of the baby she had miscarried. “It helped me to heal by honoring that life,” she said. The pregnancy progressed until Catherine’s water broke at 31 weeks’ gestation. Doctors kept her in the hospital on bed rest to try to give her twins more time to develop. “At the hospital, I was very fearful that my twins were coming too early and wouldn’t survive,” Catherine said. “A kind nurse wheeled me into the NICU and showed me a baby who had been born at 24 weeks’ gestation. That baby had weighed just one pound at birth, and now, he was getting ready to go home. That’s when I knew my babies would be all right.” Catherine’s twin boys were born healthy one week later. But even after she took her miracle babies home, she couldn’t stop thinking about that baby at the hospital. “It broke my heart to realize that at that time, that precious baby could have been aborted legally in New York, no questions asked,” Catherine said. For the past few years, Catherine had volunteered as a counselor for her local pregnancy resouce center. “I made a set of models of babies at each gestational week, and I showed them to the clients I worked with,” she said. “It helped them to realize that they were carrying a baby, not just a mass of cells. They had a real impact.” Catherine began taking her dolls to her county fair for their right-to-life display. “My dolls have been displayed there every year for the past 23 years,” she said. “Thousands of parents have held the babies and grieved for little ones they’ve lost through miscarriage or abortion. I know for sure that they helped save at least one life.” Saving lives, educating, and healing Ten years ago, a grandmother named Sharon brought her pregnant granddaughter to the fair. They stopped to look at Catherine’s dolls and talk to the volunteer. That day, after holding a model of a baby, that young girl decided to carry her baby. Last summer, Catherine had the honor of meeting that young girl’s son. “I handed him a balloon, and suddenly, God told me who he was,” she said. “I’m so thankful that I got to meet him.” Catherine’s models have been on display at the fund-raising banquet for her local pregnancy resource center, and they have even been commissioned to prove personhood in a court of law. “I don’t know the details of the cases, but several times, I’ve created a model to represent an actual baby in a court case,” she said. An Inuit tribe in Canada ordered 1,800 of Catherine’s dolls for an educational program to teach pregnant women about fetal development and the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. A doctor took several of her dolls to Africa to teach mothers of premature babies about kangaroo care. A film crew from South Korea made a movie about Catherine’s dolls, hoping to prevent abortions in their country. From contest to ministry Catherine sculpted a life-sized doll of that baby and entered it into an international doll contest in Ontario, Canada. “I won a firstplace ribbon,” she said, “and after the contest, when I picked up the doll, there was a note pinned to it.” The note was from a grandmother, requesting that Catherine make two dolls for her, to symbolize her twin grandbabies who had recently passed away. “She wanted to hold the dolls and rock them. She thought it would help her grieve,” Catherine said. “Her note made me realize what God wanted me to do.” Catherine’s unique ministry, which she calls “God’s Little Ones,” had begun. Catherine gives a moving explanation for putting clothes on her preborn models: “It makes them human and proves that they represent real babies; you can’t put clothes on a mass of cells.” FALL 2017 | Celebrate Life Magazine 27

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