4.& 5. "Whatever living beings there may be — feeble or strong (or the seekers and the attained) long, stout, or of medium size, short, small, large, those seen or those unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born as well as those yet to be born
— may all beings have happy minds.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .piya.html
"'From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form.' Thus it has been said. And this is the way to understand how from consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form. If consciousness were not to descend
into the mother's womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?"
"If, after descending
into the womb, consciousness were to depart
, would name-and-form be produced for this world?"http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
'Yes, master, we know how there is the descent of an embryo. There is the case where the mother & father have come together, the mother is fertile, and a gandhabba [the being about to be reborn] is standing present. The coming together of these three is the descent of the embryo.'http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
I think it can be debated either way. Who is to say there is a being now, much less in-between.