As if contemplating childbirth wasn’t daunting enough, a woman in Germany has given birth whilst being scanned in an MRI machine. It’s the first time the moment of birth has been captured using MRI.
A group at Berlin’s Charité University Hospital delivered the baby while the mother lay in the scanner. The open design allowed medics access to both mother and baby while it recorded the baby’s journey from its mother’s birth canal into the big wide world.
The team developed new fetal monitoring equipment to withstand the strong magnetic field produced by the scanners. They hope the images will shed light on the causes of stalled labour. Five more births have been scheduled for the scanner.