The incredible moment a baby was born, while still inside the mother’s amniotic sac, has gone viral after being posted to social media.
Doctors can be seen physically breaking the baby out of the protective bubble of membranes after they were successfully delivered in the operating room by C-section.
The footage, which you can watch below, went viral in Asia:
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Moments after the baby was delivered, the video shows how the youngster’s face could be seen through the amniotic sac, which normally protects the baby from movement during gestation, breaks and at the start of labor.
Viewers were amazed at the miraculous birth, the skill of the doctors present and bravery of the new mum.
The birth is particularly rare, with just one in every 80,000 babies born ‘en caul’, reports The Independent.
The midwives and doctors delivering this special baby can be heard exclaiming throughout the short clip, which was filmed on the phone of a bystander in the dimly-lit operating theatre.
The occurrence is rare – few obstetricians have seen an en caul birth, as usually in c-section births, the scalpel breaks through the sac during the operation.
The amniotic sac is a robust bag of fluid which encases a fetus during pregnancy and protects the unborn baby.
In more common – but still comparatively rare – cases, some babies are born ‘with the caul’ – in this instance, the amniotic sac is wrapped around the baby’s head, almost like a helmet.
Herein, doctors create an incision in the sac, to allow the baby to breathe, pulling the sac away from his or her face.
Medically, there’s no increased risk of damage or suffocation among en caul babies and the resistant membranes of the remaining amniotic sac are even thought to protect them from a lot of the trauma of childbirth.
Some superstitions state being born ‘en caul’ is even a sign of good luck, with an old wives’ tale leading those to believe en caul babies were clairvoyants.
It’s said, Roman midwives even sold cauls on the black market because lawyers believed it would give them good luck.
In August, a new mother shared her birthing story, after her baby was born ‘en caul’ in her car on the way to the hospital.
Our birth story! ❤ The human body is truly an amazing thing. 8.5.2017 at about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in. I there in some clothes. Grabbed my daughter some clothes, her my fiance And I left for the hospital. I dropped my daughter to her God mommy Nicole And headed to the hospital. Well the contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before I knew it I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn't understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving. I was so scared. My Fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby. He was born an caul. This happens 1 in every 80,000 births. Usually during c-section. He was 3lb 1oz. He doing wonderful all things considered all He went through I know he's going to be an awesome little man! ❤ he is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents. #encaul #encaulbirth #carbirth #miriclebaby
Raelin Scurry was 29 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to her ‘miracle baby’ in the backseat of her car, on the way to the hospital, after suffering what she thought were Braxton Hicks contractions.
After 45 minutes of intense pain, Scurry realised she was in fact in labor and nonetheless, managed to deliver the baby boy, who she named Ean Jamal, still enclosed in its amniotic sac, on her own.
He weighed 3lb 1oz, but survived the ordeal, prompting his mother to call him a ‘miracle baby’ and an ‘awesome little man’.
Raelin shared her story on Instagram, marvelling at the resilience and power of the human body – both the baby’s and the mother’s – in childbirth.
Ean Jamal is enjoying a healthy and happy first few months.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.