Amazing Footage of Mom Giving Birth in an MRI Machine

A team of German scientists has just released the first ever video footage of a live birth with magnetic resonance imaging, MRI.

I recently read, Dirty Minds, a great book by Kayt Sukel, who masturbated (twice in a row), in an MRI machine, to learn more about the female brain and orgasm. Apparently missionary sex has been recorded this way, too.

But giving birth in the loud, enclosed chamber sounds especially challenging. You’ll be happy to know the mom was fully dilated, with the baby’s head already presenting (low in the pelvis), and medicated with an epidural when they started.

The footage is 30 seconds long and shows the way the baby moves though the birth canal in second stage labor. They stopped as the baby’s head emerged so as not to expose the baby’s ears to the terrible noise of the MRI. Check it out:



The birth took place in 2010, but the video was just released.Researchers hope it will give us a better understanding of how to support this stage of labor.


Ceridwen Morris (CCE) is a certified childbirth educator and the co-author of the pregnancy and birth guide, From The Hips. Follow her birth blogging on Facebook.

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