This incredible video offers a glimpse into a rare kind of birth: a baby being born in the amniotic sac.
Fewer than one in 80,000 babies are born ‘en caul’, when the bubble of protective membranes which encases a baby in the womb does not break during birth.
Normally, the sac, which protects the baby from movement during gestation, breaks and at the start of labor.
But in cases like this c-section in Asia, which was filmed and posted on Instagram, the doctors had to physically break the sac with their hands after pulling the baby out.
The women delivering the baby exclaim as they start to pull the entire amniotic sac and placenta from the woman’s belly.
For a few seconds, the baby’s face presses against the edge of the fluid-filled sac in the dimly-lit operating theater.
Eventually, one of the doctors breaks the sac with her fingers and they all exclaim as they lift the baby out of the sac.
Since en caul is so rare, few obstetricians have seen an en caul birth. Usually, in c-section births, the scalpel breaks the sac during the operation.
WHAT IS THE AMNIOTIC SAC?
The amniotic sac is the bag of fluid which encases the fetus. It is made of two membranes, the amnion and the chorion.
Though thin, it is robust, holding an increasing amount of fluid throughout gestation, including the fetus’s urine.