Nobody was more surprised to see this very early little boy, still tucked inside his amniotic sac, than second-time-around mum Raelin Scurry.
“He’s doing wonderful”
“He was born en caul,” Raelin explained in a birth story post on Instagram, confirming he’s doing well despite his amazing early arrival in the front seat of the family car.
“He was 3lb 1oz. He’s doing wonderful all things considered.”
An en caul birth means a baby leaves its mother’s uterus still neatly snuggled up in its amniotic sac. Wikipedia says that this amazing phenomenon occurs in “fewer than 1 in 80,000 births”. En caul births usually happen during a c-section, so this vaginal delivery en caul birth is a miracle indeed!
En caul, in car
When Raelin posted the amazing photo of her son, nestled between her legs just after birth, jaws dropped across the globe. Raelin explained that her son was born – in the front seat of the car, on the way to hospital AND en caul – at just over 29 weeks after a series of what she thought were Braxton Hicks contractions.
“At about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in.”
Good thinking, Raelin. It seemed that her baby boy was simply not able to wait, prompting some agonising contractions and an urgent phone call, en-route to the hospital.
“The contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before I knew it I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn’t understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance.”
Raelin knew her baby was ready to arrive and took speedy action, quickly realising that this was a special delivery, indeed.
“I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving.”
“He understood my prayers”
Raelin was super-worried about her little guy, as she gently held him between her legs and prayed they’d get to the hospital as speedily as possible. She says her fragile son sensed her concern and responded with reassurance.
“I was so scared. My fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay.”
Just a few minutes later, Ean and Raelin pulled up at the hospital and doctors took over the baby and Raelin’s care.
“About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby.”
“I let the doctors open it when we got to there — they opened it right outside of the hospital. I knew he wouldn’t be able to breathe on his own with him being so early, so I left him in there.”
Wow. What an amazing story and what amazing parents these two are, making sure their baby arrived safely under extremely tricky circumstances.
Congratulations on the birth of this new little boy – called Ean Jamal Jnr – Ean Snr and Raelin!