Doctors at Charité Hospital in Berlin, Germany have developed a special open MRI scanner that allowed them to capture video and images of what it looks like inside a woman’s uterus during childbirth. While the images were taken in 2010, the full video has only just been released.
The 24-year-old volunteer entered the scanner during the pushing stage of her labor where the machine was able to capture her baby moving down her birth canal during contractions, then retreating slightly when the contractions stopped. During the final contraction of the 45 minutes the mother spent in the scanner, the baby’s head is seen emerging and the video suddenly stops, as the machine was cut off in order to protect the child from the unpleasant, loud sounds it makes.
Not only were the doctors able to monitor the baby’s heart during the process, they also captured footage of never-before-seen details of childbirth that will help scientists studying cases in which babies do not move sufficiently into the birth canal, causing the need for a cesarean section delivery.
Watch the video below to see the amazing feats of modern technology and childbirth.
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