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A baby girl gave doctors an epic stare-down moments after she was born, and the photographer says he feels 'like a lottery winner'

INSIDER logoINSIDER 2/25/2020 Ben Mack
a group of people eating food © Rodrigo Kunstmann
  • Instead of crying, Isabela Pereira de Jesus glared at doctors when she was born on February 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Photographer Rodrigo Kunstmann captured the surreal moment which he shared in a viral Facebook post.
  • "I can only consider myself a blessed person," he told Insider. "I feel like a lottery winner."
  • Isabela's mother told Brazilian outlet Crescer her daughter was "born a ready [made] meme."

When most babies come into the world, they're screaming and crying. But Isabela Pereira de Jesus went for the silent approach, staring down doctors the moment she was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 13.

Photographer Rodrigo Kunstmann told Insider he almost missed the moment. "The doctor helped me a lot, because she made the baby have contact with the mother at birth," he said.

"But I only saw the expression on the baby's face when I left the operating room."

Kunstmann, a professional photographer for 11 years and birth photographer for four, posted the image on Facebook with the caption: "Today is my birth and I don't even have clothes for this event."

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The image has since gone viral, racking up more than 1,500 likes and being written about by outlets including the Evening Standard. Kunstmann said the popularity of the image has changed his life and career.

"Childbirth is a unique moment," he said. "I can only consider myself a blessed person. I feel like a lottery winner."

Isabela's mother, Daiane de Jesus Barbosa, was also surprised by her new daughter's reaction. She told Brazilian outlet Crescer: "My daughter was born a ready [made] meme."

Kunstmann told Crescer that baby Isabela eventually did stop staring - but only after her umbilical cord was cut.

A few days after her birth, Isabela is still perfecting her expressions, too. Her mother also told the publication she wrinkles her forehead when she wants to be breastfed and needs her diaper changed.


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