Birth means a new life, and it’s one of the greatest achievement of a woman. While seeing a baby being born is already fascinating, witnessing something like the video below is absolutely mind-boggling.
The marvelous footage shows a baby moving and stretching inside the translucent amniotic sac.
Apparently, the tiny infant was born with the membranes completely intact – an extremely rare occurrence called en-caul.
En-caul birth occurs when the baby is born inside the entire amniotic sac. The sac balloons out at birth, with the amniotic fluid and child remaining inside the unbroken or partially broken membrane. Being born ‘en-caul’ is extraordinarily rare, occurring in fewer than 1 out of 80,000 births and mostly happens in premature babies.
While the appearance of an en-caul baby might look worrying, the caul is completely harmless and won’t suffocate the infant. The baby breathes through its placenta, which is still attached to its mother.
The thin but durable membrane filled with fluid is what helps keep the baby warm and safe from bumps during the entire pregnancy. It can be easily removed by the attending physician or midwife.