Watch This Video of Human Birth in an MRI


In 2010 scientists at Berlin’s Charité University Hospital observed a live birth inside an MRI machine in an effort to better understand labor and why it stalls. The video has only recently been made public.

Above is an accelerated  real-time view of “the active second stage of labor, when the mother starts performing expulsive efforts with the valsalva maneuver,” according to authors of the study, which is published in the June 2012 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The reserachers stopped the MRI as the baby’s head started to crown; up until then, they figured that the baby’s ears would be protected fromn the machine’s noise by the surrounding soft vaginal tissue.  Still, you can see the mom’s contractions pushing the baby down and out – that amazing passage into the world.