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Child birth like you've NEVER seen it
June 29th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Child birth like you've NEVER seen it

Until we figure out how to strap a helmet cam on a fetus, this will be the best view any of us will ever have of what it's like inside a mom-to-be's body during child birth.

Aside, clearly, from our own paddle down the ol' birth canal.

The so-called "cinematic" MRI video provides a side view of a 24-year-old woman's womb during the last 25 seconds of her contractions. She was positioned on the open MRI during the final stages of her labor to record the wild, X-ray view of her baby being born. You can clearly make out its head, brain and body as well as the mother/very good sport's spine.

Doctors shut off the machine (and camera) right as the baby begins to emerge so that the loud noise of the MRI didn't damage its fragile ears.

Read the full story and see the video on HLNTV.com
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  1. Karl

    Despite what the article says, MRI's do not use x-rays. I would think using an MRI on a newborn would be unethical–surely the baby could hear right before it crowned–I hope his or her hearing was not damaged by this stunt.

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    It looks like the thing from Alien

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