Three weeks before Sarah Palin reportedly gave birth to her fifth child, a six pound boy, Juneau photographer Brian Wallace captured a series of photos of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Palin exiting the Alaska State Museum. Nota bene: Palin is said to be eight months pregnant here - 3 weeks shy of giving birth.
Curiously, this is the caption accompanying the photo on Polaris Images:
March 26, 2008, Juneau, Alaska, USA: In April 2011, Professor Bradford Scharlott at Northern Kentucky University wrote an academic paper stating that the "conspiracy theory" suggesting Palin is not Trig's mother is likely true and the American media is pathetic for not pursuing the story more aggressively. Scharlott walks through all of the evidence supporting the theory in the article, suggesting Trig is actually Palin's grandson. The article discusses photos of Palin in what is said to have been a late-stage pregnancy, the leisurely 20-hour trip home that Palin took after she supposedly went into labor in Texas, the refusal of the hospital where Trig was supposedly born to even confirm that he was born there (let alone who was the mother), strange statements from Palin's doctor and the McCain campaign, and so on.///Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin exits the Alaska State Museum with her husband Todd after a bill signing ceremony. Palin announced 3-weeks prior that she was 7-months pregnant with her fifth child.. Credit: Brian Walllace / Polaris
What has followed is what I call a Gryphen/Novak production. For the past 24 hours, it's been a rigorous effort to procure the rights to publish this series of photos that a commenter linked to on Immoral Minority yesterday. H/T commenter!
From Eastern Europe, to Alaska, to New York City, I've chased down the licensing for the photos (Copyright: Polaris Images) in order to protect the photographer's rights and do things the proper way. As the author of a new novel, I appreciate Brian Wallace wanting to be paid for his work.
I could only afford one of the photos. Gryphen will provide you with all of them. Together we felt that these photos were critical to review and discuss in all their high resolution glory.
My rights to this photo on the front of my blog extend for one week. After that, it will sit in my archives for a year.
Let's make this an open thread. For now, my feeling is this: here is the first time we've seen this image of the then governor with the "grey coat" swinging wide open. My husband said of the photo: "She looks like a 44-year old woman who has had four children. Period." It's astounding to me that anyone who looked like this one day, could actually give birth 3 weeks later to a normal sized baby.
But then again, you might argue...
You asked, Brad Scharlott delivers! Here is the same photo lightened:
And here is a little "miracle grow" for you. Exactly 2.5 weeks later. Thanks so much Brad for your fine photography work!
Polaris Images can be found HERE for more photos.
UPDATE #2: Meantime, our resident neonatologist, Doc, has weighed in on this latest. Here's what he has to say:
"These new pictures definitely strengthen the case that Sarah Palin was not pregnant in 2008. There is no way that her belly is that flat 4 weeks prior to delivery, even if she was only 32 weeks pregnant at the time. Several people have commented, however, that her belly does look a little full and that she may be wearing a bandage or some kind of abdominal sling and I agree.
At first I had a thought that maybe she was pregnant with Tripp, but when I run the dates, that's very unlikely. With Tripp born on Dec 29, 2008, the date of conception is most likely in early to mid-April. Perhaps she had some kind of abdominal procedure. One idea I had, and it's a long shot, is that she had a trans-abdominal egg retrieval. Generally the procedure is done trans-vaginally, but when that's not possible they can do it through the abdomen. Once harvested and fertilized, they generally transfer the embryos 3-5 days later but can always freeze them and transfer them later.
Why would she do something like this? It actually makes sense. This is the time for Bristol to get "pregnant" to ensure that she wouldn't be suspected of being Trig's mother, since Trig wouldn't be born for 4 more weeks. As to who fertilized the eggs or who carried the pregnancy, that is fodder for the conspiracy theorists."
Thank you, Doc. I appreciate you taking the time to check in.