Sneak Peek at What Giving Birth Looks Like -- From the Inside! (PHOTO)

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Despite centuries of advancements in medical science and countless babies born, the topic of childbirth has managed to remain, somehow, slightly mysterious. Why? Personally, I think it's because even though we have ultrasounds during pregnancy and fetal monitors during delivery, we still can't really see what's going on in there when push comes to shove (literally, sort of). Except someday in the not-too-distant future, all of that could change: There's a new computer program, recently developed by researchers in England, which uses 3D virtual reality to simulate human birth. Incorporating factors such as the size and shape of both the mother's and baby's bodies, the program could potentially save lives by helping doctors and midwives prepare for "unusual or dangerous births." Just check out this shot and you'll see why:

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More primitive versions of childbirth simulators have been used by doctors before, of course, but this is the first with patient-specific technology: Doctors can scan a pregnant woman's body and adapt the simulator accordingly; they can also run a variety of different scenarios based on previous births. The only thing this program lacks is movements of the perineal muscles of the mother's pelvis and movements of the fetus. Eventually, though, developers hope to be able to run the birth simulator during the birth itself, which would let doctors see exactly what's going on and adjust their approach to the delivery. Still, the program now will help medical professionals to decide, for example, whether a baby is too large or in the wrong position to be delivered vaginally -- so even at this point, the simulator could be a huge plus in the delivery room.

Would you want doctors to use a 3D birth simulator during your delivery?

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nonmember avatar Marianne


Both my babies were big 8.10 then 9.10. I bet they would have tried to tell me I couldn't deliver vaginally because babies were too big if they used that stupid thing!

nonmember avatar Caroline

Definitely. I have such a fear of birth and birth complications, and knowing the doctors had knowledge like this would definitely put my mind at ease. Out of curiosity Jennifer, why do you say no?

Lindsay Howard

Nope!  Outside of specific, high-risk situations I think the technology would lead to an increased risk of uneccesary interventions.  We need to trust womens' bodies MORE during birth, not LESS!

nonmember avatar erica

I think it would be cool to be able to see what goes on inside during a delivery. Do i think it would be a good idea to hook women up to even more equipment during labor? Hell no. The c-section rate is already insane and no doubt it would get worse.

nonmember avatar Jennifer

I think that in some cases it would be wise. Mainly because I had a lot of issues during birth be side my pelvis was too small and she was almost 8 pounds 17 o and she had actually stopped breathing every time I pushed because her nose was being crushed against my bones. They were going to c section but siding ( other reasons I'm angry about why they didn't) so all in all the nurses that labored me down, then switched routines and then the crazy 5 n half hours of pushing could have been handled way differently. So yes in some cases if necessary it would be handy to quick hook someone up and see what's going on. Granted there were no other complications that could arise by doing so!!

candy... candyw210

I think it would be awesome. I pushed for 4 hrs due to complications.. Had this been available I am sure they would have been able to see why earlier

arlis... arliss123

I think the best way for a doctor or midwife to use this technology would be to first deliver 100 or so babies with the program running and recording, but not to watch any of the videos until all 100 babies had been delivered. That would give them a better understanding of what is normal from the inside, and what is not. Then hopefully it could be used to determine if there is truly a problem.

Sosca... SoscaMama

oh my gosh, if they start using these routinely on all birthing mamas, I'm pretty sure the c-section rate will be at 100% in no time. 

Kristen Johnson

I am divided, I have had two bigger babies and one normal size baby ( my own theory as to why she was smaller is not important) I am carrying my 4th child and already he is wieghing in bigger than most babies his GA. My last son ended up in NICU for a while because he hada traumatic birth and was in shock. This worries me to great extent with my last child. My son was bruisedm broken collar bone and needed care. If they can prevent such that happening I can see it being helpful. But I do not think it should be a decision left strictly up to the Dr's.

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