Doctors in Berlin filmed the second stage of labour (after the cervix is 10cms dilated) as a 24-year-old mum pushed her baby out of her body using MRI video. The team filming, lead by Dr Christian Bamberg, made the video in November 2010, but this is the first time the footage has been released.
The medical team stopped recording the birth before the baby emerged to ensure the delicate new arrival was not exposed to MRI noise.
The mum-to-be spent 45 minutes inside the special 'open' MRI scanner at Berlin's Charité Hospital. The machine was also used to monitor the baby's heartbeat.
The footage is expected to be used to help doctors understand why some babies have trouble moving down into the birth canal during labour, which can result in high levels of caesarean sections.
Pretty special stuff, right?
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