postmortem fetal extrusion

What is coffin birth?

Known formally as postmortem fetal extrusion, the process of a child being ejected from a deceased person’s vagina results when gases build up in the reproductive organs, forcing the body outwards during decomposition. While it used to be slightly more common before modern practices filled the corpses with chemical preservatives, it is an incredibly rare biological feat where pressure dictates the expulsion rather than contractions.

A case similar to the effects of coffin birth was a 2007 incident in which an Indian woman hung herself after labor pains had begun, rendering a viable infant to fall to the ground linked solely to her umbilical cord. Scientists are unable to study the medical phenomenon in complete detail due to its few occurrences throughout history.