Bizarre Bodies: Coffin Birth

Sometimes the bizarre overlaps with the morbid, so you will have to forgive me if you were expecting a less disgusting and tragic post. If it is shocking, surprising or unexpected, it will eventually find its way on this blog, which is why we are going to talk about coffin birth today. This phenomenon is also known as postmortem fetal extrusion. Yes, it is precisely what it sounds like. Let's continue.

When a pregnant woman dies, if the fetus is not developed enough for extraction and subsequently extracted, it inevitably dies with its mother. It will often remain encased in her womb and is buried with her. Given the right circumstances, the bloating and pressure that comes as a body decomposes will push the baby out of the womb. Mind you, the fetus is dead like its mother. This is quite different from a baby that is born from a dying or just dead mother.

Interestingly, a dead female's uterus will be pushed out in these scenarios, whether there is a fetus in it or not. Gruesome, yes, but both are very rare and made even rarer by modern embalming techniques. It is not that embalming makes it so the fetus could not be pushed out, but rather it prevents the gas from building up in the first place by killing the bacteria that leads to it.

Enjoy your dinner.