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Woman Gives Birth In MRI Machine – The Video Will Blow Your Mind

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I’ve expressed several times before on this very site that while childbirth is miraculous, I sure as hell don’t want to see it happening with my own two eyes. (Case in point: I skipped the prenatal class where they show video.) That said, I cannot get enough of this 30-second clip that shows a live birth from inside the birth canal (now that’s a perspective we don’t see too often – as in, ever).

A 24-year-old woman in Berlin, Germany – already a mother of two – actually consented to delivering her baby while inside an MRI machine. That means doctors were able to capture the last 45 minutes of her labor using magnetic resonance imaging, which they time-lapsed into a 30-second video. It’s the first video of its kind and, while the birth took place in 2010, this is the first time the previously released images have been sequenced into an actual video.

Unlike many of the dramatic birthing scenes in Hollywood films or any of the real-world ones that take place each day, this particular one isn’t even remotely scary for the squeamish (or at least not my own personal brand of squeamish). If anything, it’s kind of reassuring – and it’s definitely a cool thing to see (especially at the very end, when the baby’s head actually changes shape).

Unfortunately, the video stops just as the baby’s head emerges (talk about a cliffhanger!). That’s because doctors didn’t want to risk exposing the baby’s ears to the high-pitched sounds that emit from an MRI scan.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think. In the meantime, can we all just acknowledge that this woman agreeing to labor in an MRI machine is as amazing as the video itself?

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(Photo/Video: YouTube)