Usually when a child is born, the amniotic sac is either broken by the strain of labour, or pierced by a doctor’s scalpel in a cesarean - but this is not the case in amniotic births where babies are born ‘in the caul’.
It is estimated that only 1 in 80,000 babies are born this way, meaning we’re very rarely shown this unique glimpse into our baby’s serene life inside the womb. In fact, it’s so rare that many doctors and midwives can go their whole career without witnessing a birth like this.
That’s what makes the video above so fascinating.
What am I looking at!?In the 32-second clip we see a newborn still encased by its amniotic sac and fluid, curled in the foetal position with no idea that the world around it has changed. Doctors massage the baby through the sac’s wall, while the baby continues to safely take in oxygen via the umbilical cord.
Back in medieval times people thought that this miracle was a good omen for the child, meaning they would lead a lucky life and protected against drowning … We simply can’t get over how peaceful bub looks!
Removing the sac
A video taken in February this year - also in Spanish - went one step further, showing what it’s like when doctors remove the newborn from this sac:
We think it’s a beautiful reminder that no two births are the same, and that every baby is truly a miracle. Beautiful.