The phenomenon that is an En Caul Birth (ECB) or ‘in the sac, is incredibly rare, naturally occurring in only about one in 80,000 births.
En caul births are most commonly premature. Research suggests that keeping these preemies inside the sac for an extended period not only protects the baby from the pressure of overly strong contractions, but may reduce the incidence of asphyxiation as well as benefit bub’s health overall.
It’s for this reason, that we’ll likely be seeing c-section births of this kind more frequently in future.
Source: Jham Frank Lugo
What makes this birth so special?
“This little guy is seen still breathing through the mother’s placenta!” women’s health expert, Mona V. Elsness who posted a description of the video commented.
“There have been cases where infants born in a complete caul have survived up to 25 minutes of extra uterine life inside this intact sac!” she wrote.
Watching doctors ‘unwrap’ this remarkable gift is pretty special too. As Mona says, “Seeing moments like this captured can really put the blessing of life into perspective for all of us!”