A baby recently born totally enclosed within the mother’s amniotic sac is making the news. It is a rare occasion that babies are born “en caul,” which means the bodies of the newborns are completely within the amniotic sac. This particular baby was a twin, and born at home.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) March 11, 2016
“Like when they say ‘was born enmantillao’ well… Like this!”
As for the photos of the twins that Robin captured, they documented an event that was rare for several reasons. First off, Baker’s photographs told the tale of twin babies born at home. As reported by USA Today, twins are usually delivered in America by C-section — 75 percent of the time. Robin said that the birth of the twins went so fast that the obstetrician and his assistants showed up after the twins arrived.
Robin is based out of California, and described the mom and dad of the twins as a remarkably calm duo in spite of the fact that the doctor hadn’t arrived yet when the twins were born.
“These parents are experienced home birthers as they had their first child at home. They had 30 minutes of bonding time with Baby A before Baby B made his way into his father’s hands still en-caul. We didn’t know the baby would deliver completely en caul until he was crowning. Even then the sac can break…but Baby B’s stayed intact until mom reached down to puncture it with her fingernail. Since so many twins are born in the operating room, this birth was very special!”
— Parents Magazine (@parentsmagazine) February 26, 2016
The babies that are born inside an amniotic sac — which is basically an enclosure of inhalable fluid that helps nurture and protect the baby during pregnancies — are the stuff of legends. Some of those legends claim that those babies will be great in life because of their birth condition of their moms not experiencing their “water breaking” prior to birth.
[Image via Shutterstock]