Home Health Parents News Now Childbirth Captured on MRI Video for First Time Childbirth Captured on MRI Video for First Time By Holly Lebowitz Rossi June 29, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Childbirth Captured on MRI Video for First Time 29730 The baby was born in November, 2010 at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany; photos of the MRI images were published earlier, but the video was just published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology. The video shows the final 45 minutes of labor. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is safe for pregnant women and babies; the main hazard was the loud noise the machine makes. Mom wore headphones to protect her hearing, and the baby's ears were protected by amniotic fluid -- they turned the MRI machine off when the baby's head started to come out. To this day, many aspects of birth remain a medical mystery -- one that researchers are hoping to unravel. "The main reasons for the research are to answer the question of why a birth may stall and to visually capture the birthing process and any complications," Dr. Christian Bamberg, who led the research team, told Reuters in 2010. "The images are spectacular. They show which movements the fetus makes in the birth canal, how its bones move and how its head changes shape during birth." Mom and baby were healthy, and they both left the hospital two days after the birth. Image: Newborn baby, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Childbirth Captured on MRI Video for First Time Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.