Birth Captured On MRI [VIDEO]

By Amir Khan on June 29, 2012 9:23 AM EDT

MRI Birth
Screenshot of a new MRI video that shows a baby being born (Photo: YouTube)

Researchers got a new look at the birthing process, they said on Wednesday. German researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to view labor from an entirely new perspective, according to a new study, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"Knowledge about the mechanism of labor is based on assumptions and radiographic studies performed decades ago," the researchers wrote in the study.

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Researchers from Charité University Hospital in Berlin used cinematic MRI to piece together snapshots into a 30 second movie. The video shows the mother's final push and the delivery of the baby, and doctors say it could help them better understand delivery.

"For the vast majority of women, letting nature take its course is a pretty good way to give birth," Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told ABC News. "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."

While Greenberg said the movie was "fascinating," she said she was more impressed that someone would share that intimate moment with the world.

"It's just so generous that she would be willing to support science by sharing something so personal and private," she said. "I imagine she'd had lots of babies before she knew how she was going to handle it."

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