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Doctors Produce First-Ever MRI Scan of Baby at the Moment of Birth! Is This Cool Or Crazy?

Thu, December 9, 2010 10:26am EDT by Add first Comment

Talk about a medical breakthrough! Doctors at a Berlin hospital have gone where no doctors have gone before — by capturing live MRI images of a baby being born!

According to The Daily Mail, gynecologist Ernst Beinder and his team at Berlin’s Charite Hospital filmed a 24-year-old mother giving birth inside a magnetic-resonance imagine machine, and the results are absolutely astonishing! Don’t you think?

So how did they do it? While most MRI machines are tubed shaped, the team of doctors was able to develop of a special open MRI which would ensure that the mother, who had volunteered to participate in a study, had enough room to comfortably give birth.

This woman gave birth to a baby boy using an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 20 years!

She was in the machine for 45 minutes, from the moment her cervix was fully dilated until the baby’s head came out of the birth canal. Because of the loud noises the machine makes while it processes images, the mother was required to wear earmuffs to block out the noise. HollyMoms, would you want to get this up close and personal with the birth of your baby?

This miracle baby survived a fall from a six story window!

This new technology is important because it gives medical workers new insight into the birthing process and could possibly save lives in the future. The machine was able to film all the movements that went on inside the womb, and it was also able to monitor the baby’s heartbeat. “We can now see all the details we previously could only study with probes,” Dr. Beinder said. “These images are fascinating and prove yet again that every birth is a small miracle.” The doctors plan to continue the study by scanning at least five more mothers the same way in the future. So what do you think, HollyMoms?

–Alison Prato

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