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A baby born entirely in the amniotic sac, or "en caul" as it is also called, is a rare occurrence – it happens in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. A perfect photo of such a delivery is rarer still, but that’s exactly what you’re about to see.
Texas-based photographer Casandra Hawkins of Denton Birth Photography recently captured the arrival of twins at a local birth center. A twin birth is quite unique in and of itself, but this particular delivery is one that Casandra will surely never forget.
"The mama was laboring beautifully with her husband when I arrived," she tells BabyCenter. "She labored in the water for awhile but decided she was uncomfortable and decided to deliver both on the bed. We knew her water was still intact and the bag was bulging for about 30 minutes of pushing, no crowning just the water, when all of the sudden baby A slid out all at once still in her amniotic sac."
The image that Casandra captured is absolutely stunning, giving us a jaw-dropping look at a baby still completely within the amniotic sac.
"Typically the midwives announce when they see the head, crowning, full crown, head born, etc. while the mom is pushing but this baby came out all at once, she was a tiny thing!" Casandra continues. "Her sister was born exactly 15 minutes later, both healthy and perfect and delivered naturally at a birth center!"
Dating back centuries, babies born in the amniotic sac have been a cause for particular celebration thanks to long-held superstitions claiming that the caul, which is the piece of membrane attached to the baby’s head, brings good luck and offers protection. According to this bit of "weird history," these beliefs were held as recently as World War I, when some sailors carried pieces of the caul to help keep them safe while at sea.
What an interesting history - and what an incredible photo!
Be sure to visit Denton Birth Photography online, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook, to see more beautiful birth photos.
Images via iStock, Denton Birth Photography
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