An incredible video has been circulating on Instagram showing a tiny and very wriggly baby born in its unbroken amniotic sac.
Womb with a view
Midwife and sleep consultant Amelia Lamont shared the clip online late last year and her followers were pretty gobsmacked by the footage (as are we!)
The clip shows a baby in its still intact birth sac, resting on mum’s belly in the middle of a c-section procedure. The little one is wriggling and kicking like crazy, perhaps a little freaked out at the sudden lights, camera, action that it’s emerged into.
“No one is sure where this video originated from or the gestation of this baby but far out how incredible is this??” Amelia captioned the clip on Instagram.
“A clearly premature or growth-restricted bub being born via Caesarian section still encapsulated in its caul (amniotic sac),” she continued.
“Very rare but this obstetrician obviously gave these parents a beautiful calm Caesarian section. Unbelievable seeing the fluid, space and movements bub has in its little home for so long.”
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✨No one is sure where this video originated from or the gestation of this baby but far out how incredible is this?? A clearly premature or growth restricted Bub being born via Caesarian section still encapsulated in its caul (amniotic sac) — Very rare but this obstetrician obviously gave these parents a beautiful calm Caesarian section.. unbelievable seeing the fluid, space and movements bub has in its little home for so long .. love love love.
A rare en caul birth
Amelia’s spot on. En caul births are very rare. In fact there’s a one in 80,000 chance of a baby being born snuggled in its amniotic sac like this bub.
Most en caul babies are premmies, and one day we might even be planning “en caul” deliveries for very early babies. This is because leaving them in their amniotic sac for a little longer after the birth may result in much better outcomes for vulnerable infants.
People on Instagram were excited to witness this unique perspective of birth.
“How amazing, it makes you realise why the kicks hurt when you see the little legs going!” one mum wrote.
“This is why you need to pee so much,” another quipped.
“You can’t tell me this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve ever seen,” someone else commented and it certainly is very cool!