Groundbreaking Video Shows Baby's Birth on MRI

Groundbreaking Video Shows Baby's Birth on MRI

Scientists use technology to peer into a woman's body during labor.

There are birth videos, and then there is this birth video, the first using magnetic resonance imaging to show the inside of a woman’s body as she’s giving birth.

The fascinating video was done in 2010 by German researchers from the Charité University Hospital in Berlin who used time-lapsed images taken from an MRI to show part of the labor and birth process. The video ends just as the baby’s head comes through the birth canal.

Fox News reported that the MRI was stopped before the baby made its full entrance into the world so it wouldn't be exposed to the loud noise from the machine.

The researchers divulged more about the MRI in a study published in the June issue of American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

As for what this will add to medical research on human birth, Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told ABC News, "For the vast majority of women, letting nature take its course is a pretty good way to give birth. But it's interesting to find ways to understand it better. And if this helps us learn ways to avoid Cesarean section and have babies come out vaginally, there could be some benefit."

What do you think of the video? Let us know in the comments.


Jeannine Stein, a California native, wrote about health for the Los Angeles Times. In her pursuit of a healthy lifestyle she has taken countless fitness classes, hiked in Nepal, and has gotten in a boxing ring. Email Jeannine

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