Magnetic Resonance Baby Imaging
July 2, 2012 10:05 AM   Subscribe

German obstetricians carried out a study to
describe the relationship between the fetus and the pelvis as the fetus travels through the birth canal, using an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

"The woman tolerated the discomfort during labor well and her postpartum course was uneventful. She was discharged with her newborn 2 days after delivery. The pediatric screening examinations, including auditory tests, did not reveal any abnormalities."

Read the study here (html, may be behind paywall)
posted by ChuraChura (28 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
From the accounts I've heard, the relationship can be safely described as "hostile."
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:13 AM on July 2, 2012 [10 favorites]

Go science!
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:13 AM on July 2, 2012

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posted by gonna get a dog at 10:15 AM on July 2, 2012 [3 favorites]

MRIs are apparently a useful tool for making everything look all HR Giger-y.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:22 AM on July 2, 2012 [3 favorites]

oh god i <3 my c-section
posted by daisystomper at 10:30 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

Poor kid is going to spend the rest of his life fighting an inexplicable yearning to crawl back into MRI machines.
posted by bicyclefish at 10:47 AM on July 2, 2012 [6 favorites]

If ever a video could have been soundtracked with "I Want to Break Free", this was it.

An opportunity missed, German doctors.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:49 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

I can't imagine the level of self-control it would take to lie still in an MRI during the pushing phase of labor. I didn't even have the self-control to keep my damn gown on.
posted by sonika at 10:50 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

(Oh. It was an OPEN MRI. Ah. Makes much more sense now. Carry on.)
posted by sonika at 10:51 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

This baby was born inside a giant electromagnet. Have decades of comic books taught us nothing? This is how supervillains are created.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:58 AM on July 2, 2012 [40 favorites]

I just saw Prometheus. This was scarier.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:14 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

I could not stop whispering, "Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow..." until it was over. I'm in my office, or I'd probably be screaming. This is reason #42 why I am really, really happy I've never had a baby and never will.
posted by agatha_magatha at 11:23 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

I have no idea how these people got their birth canals wedged in their scanners, or why.
posted by zippy at 11:38 AM on July 2, 2012 [17 favorites]

Christ, what a birth canal.
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:50 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

tolerated the discomfort

Worst description of childbirth ever.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:54 AM on July 2, 2012 [4 favorites]

posted by seanmpuckett at 11:55 AM on July 2, 2012

EndsOfInvention: "tolerated the discomfort

Worst description of childbirth ever.

If my second wife was any example, "Did not open the veins in her wrists with her teeth," is probably closer to the truth.
posted by Splunge at 12:05 PM on July 2, 2012

I guess "tolerated the discomfort" is trying to be respectful.
posted by CautionToTheWind at 12:21 PM on July 2, 2012

Oh my God, the eyeballs!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:01 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

It is fascinating to see just how inefficient the actual process appears to be...
posted by jefficator at 1:26 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by NedKoppel at 1:36 PM on July 2, 2012

Eyebrows McGee: "Oh my God, the eyeballs!"

I was too distracted by how much the baby butt kind of makes it look like she's delivering a turkey to notice the eyeballs, but upon second viewing, I can't unsee that and OH THE COMEDY. I want someone to Photoshop in a monocle and a top hat or something.
posted by Dr. Zira at 1:39 PM on July 2, 2012

I tried to google up a good presentation of Stanislav Grof's birth trauma theory but all I could come up with in a minute is this. I am oversimplifying a fascinating bit of theoretical psycho speculation, but Grof has a personality typology based upon the main variety of agony the individual had during their birth experience.
posted by bukvich at 2:14 PM on July 2, 2012

I was thinking how did they ever get a woman to agree to this, and then I remembered I agreed to letting my first delivery be an experiment. When you're young, you have no idea...
Anyway, I honestly don't think it's that bad. This doesn't mean I think it isn't terrible for anyone, contrariwise, I have friends who suffered endless pain during childbirth. It's just that it isn't terrible for everyone. One of my cousins seems to just pop babies out, with hardly any pain or strain at all.
If it isn't edited, this seems to be a really easy delivery. The mother seems quite relaxed despite the contractions and the baby too. I guess they aren't ever going to get a scan of a really bad situation - that would obviously be unethical.
And it is really fascinating that our bodies are made to deal with child-bearing and child-birth, and go back to almost normal. Amazing thing, nature.
posted by mumimor at 2:23 PM on July 2, 2012

the main variety of agony the individual had during their birth experience.

What about the trauma inflicted upon one's mother because the individual decided on a remarkably inefficient escape strategy (i.e. sideways)?
posted by sonika at 3:52 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Well sonika I was once in a group psychotherapy session where one of the women complaining to the therapist about her relationship with her mother offhand made the comment the birth was difficult. It was over 24 hours of labor and the mother passed out from exhaustion and wasn't considered strong enough to even hold the baby for four or five days she had come so near to death.

And the therapist asked the woman if she had ever seen a cat with a fresh litter of kittens. No. Well the first thing the mother cat does is lick all the goop off the kittens, clean them off, and then *smell* them. The therapist pantomimed the acts of the licking and the smelling. And then the therapist said, very authoritatively (and I know nothing about obstetrics but this may be total bullshit) that the mother has to *smell* the newborn right away in order to seal the mother to child bond.

The woman with the woes screeched "oh my god!"
posted by bukvich at 4:02 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

There's a whole school of thought, especially in Attachment Parenting communities, about birth bonding... so I know what you're getting at. However, were this a universal thing, one would expect to see more issues with adopted children and children who couldn't be with their mothers due to health issues - being in the NICU and such - and I'm just not seeing a correlation. Perhaps the birth experience was the first piece in a larger puzzle, sure, but I'm really not seeing any evidence that bonding within the first hour - with no other factors accounted for - specifically sets the stage for one's future well-being.

That said, they couldn't hand me that baby fast enough. If he ever needs therapy later in life, it won't be for lack of snuggles I tell you what.

(And when I mentioned difficult birth - I wasn't kidding either. I was in labor for 47hrs and pushed for five. If my son's got issues from this - well... he shouldn't have had his head sideways in my pelvis is all I've got to say to him.)
posted by sonika at 4:08 PM on July 2, 2012 [6 favorites]

Then there are the little one's who settle in backasswards.....
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 10:01 PM on July 2, 2012

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