I’m not going to tell you what to do with your baby’s placenta after birth. If the doctor lets you have it, and you would like to encapsulate it, sauté it, or even ink it to make placenta prints, that is your decision to make. But you should at least know whether scientists have found any health benefits to consuming…
The circle of life is gross. It’s even grosser when you throw in a cockroach, larvae and some violently ravenous fire ants.
The video starts slow, just a magnified view of the belly of a female scorpion. Be patient. Something amazing is about to happen. Slowly, as you watch, she’ll push her first baby out of her genital opening into the embrace of her “birth basket”–made by flexing her front two pairs of legs.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that Madagascar hissing cockroaches (Gromphadorhina portentosa) brooded their babies inside their bodies. Now you do.
Stunning underwater video by Jose Lachat at Aeon shows you major milestones in the life of an Australian flamboyant cuttlefish: including birth, courtship, and egg-laying before death. If you want to skip right to the sexy part, the mating dance starts at 2:19.
Human vaginas don’t have the fantastical loops and blind alleys of a duck vagina, but they still have some pretty amazing shape-changing powers. Here’s how they’re put together, and how that anatomy lets them grow when they need to.
The critically endangered smalltooth sawfish was recently found to be capable of asexual reproduction. It’s an exciting discovery for many reasons, but breathless claims by the media that sawfish could save their species from extinction by resorting to virgin births are wrong, wrong, wrong. Let’s explore why.
If you ever wondered what a giant squid giving birth looks like (why would you think about that?), just look up at the night sky one day. Because watching a female squid lay eggs looks stunningly celestial. Watch as she lays thousands of eggs in the ocean that seem to glow underwater like she’s giving birth to stars.
In what the delivery doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles described as "a moment of awe," a baby born at 26 weeks via cesarean section entered into the world while still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. Warning: (fairly tame) medical images to follow.
Everyone on Earth has been through it, but there’s a lot about birth that you’re probably unfamiliar with. Here’s thirteen facts about the human birthing process you may not have picked up in biology class.
Sex in space is one thing. But babies in space?
After a difficult birth, women are sometimes separated from their newborns because the babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit and the mothers are recovering elsewhere in the hospital. Cedars-Sinai in LA is providing iPads for "BabyTime", though, so families can stay connected.
If you want to remind yourself of the scarcity of life, just check out this visualization that shows the births and deaths in the United States of America in real time. It's pretty insane to see just how many people's lives change every second. You just never know. Check it out here. [Google Drive via Nowhere Near…
From the ancient times until the 1800s, many women gave birth with the aid of parturition chairs, specially designed seats that allowed women to sit upright or recline while giving birth. This particular chair had padded leather rests for the mother's legs, but the parturition chairs came in a number of flavors. Some…
MamAmor Dolls are the umbilical-intact, placenta-producing creation of Adriana Guerra, a doula in Canada, with three home-birthed children of her own.
A woman gave birth last night in the back of a New York City taxi. It's not the first time this has happened, but a videographer filmed it all—from the moment the emergency service people got the baby out to the time they all got the hospital.
Fair warning: this video isn't for the squeamish. It's of a female Madagascar hissing cockroach giving upside-down birth to a prodigious mass of live, wriggling cockroach young... and it is every bit as incredible, interesting, and gross as you'd imagine.
Using high-resolution scans of real human embryos, the BBC has created this somewhat terrifying animation of a fish-like, one-month-old embryo rapidly developing a face up to the 10-week mark. Yes, we all started out resembling Admiral Ackbar.