These stunning videos capture rare and incredible ‘en caul’ births – where the infant is born inside the entire amniotic sac. They occur in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births and the sight of these newborns perfectly contained in their unbroken membranes is nothing short of mesmerising. We thank these amazing parents for sharing their incredible footage with the world.
Content warning: Graphic birth footage
1. A glimpse into the womb
You can actually see this little baby’s hands moving around inside the sac as they’re being delivered.
2. A peaceful entry to the world
Here you can see the placenta located at the back of the sac. Remarkable.
Bebê empelicado ( nascido dentro da bolsa amniótica!!!! #Repost @empoweredbirthproject with @repostapp ・・・ This. Is. Birth. ✨ Here we see a baby entering the world by #cesareanbirth with the amniotic sac intact. You can also see the #placenta in the upper right hand corner. This is truly miraculous to behold… ✨ By @sanatdogumvebebekfotografcisi ✨ #birthisbeautiful #encaul #empoweredbirthproject #csection #birthmagic #birthvideo #gestavida #cesarea #leticiariosdoula #thaisramos
3. The sac is opened
Watch as the doctor ruptures the membrane and the baby emerges.
4. The baby rests
A detailed view of the baby and his umbilical cord, coiled inside the sac, moments before entering the world.
Since we're on a roll with the incredible birth videos, we had to share this one found via @taprootdoula of a baby born #encaul via csection. Wow!! The perfect reminder that all birth is beautiful and powerful- whether at home in the water or via cesarean in the hospital (or any variation in between!) ・・・ Our bodies are amazing. A glimpse inside the womb. Repost @anakedmidwife: "Baby in the caul at a c-section. They are keeping the baby in the bag for a while but the baby seems to be still breathing through its placenta, which is still attached to its mother. Thanks to @cinthiapomaski_doula" #humanbirth #caul #birth @anakedmidwife
5. Nature intact
Even doctors get excited during these special births.
What a privilege to see these rare and beautiful moments! Have you or anyone you know had a birth en caul?