Womb with a view! Incredible moment that baby is born via caesarean section while she is still in the amniotic sac
- Astonishing images show how a baby is born in an intact amniotic sac
- Baby Nicholas was born in Muriae, a city in southeastern Brazil
- The rare case occurred because the mother’s waters did not break during labor
Breathtaking footage shows how a baby was born in its intact amniotic sac.
The amazing moment was captured when little Nicholas was born on January 2 in Muriae, a city in southeastern Brazil.
Birth photographer Ludmila Gusman captured the mesmerizing images showing the baby sealed in the sack.
Baby Nicholas had to be delivered via cesarean section, leading to the amazing and rare case.
An incredible image shows a baby named Nicolas born in an intact amniotic sac, in Muriae, in the Zona da Mata of Minas Gerais, Brazil, January 2, 2022
Baby Nicholas had to be delivered via cesarean section, leading to the amazing and rare case
Known as an en-caul birth, the phenomenon is known to occur in fewer than one in 80,000 deliveries.
It is more common in caesarean sections and in preterm natural births than in natural births after 37 weeks gestation.
This is because the fluid-filled membrane usually ruptures when the mother-to-be is about to give birth — a process commonly known as rupture of the membranes.
In the rare cases of cranial delivery, doctors must act quickly to break the sac so the baby can breathe, as oxygen is no longer being supplied by the mother.
Known as an en-caul birth, the phenomenon is known to occur in less than one in 80,000 deliveries
Ludmila – who has 10,800 followers on Instagram – told local media that it was the first time in her nine-year photography career that she saw such a rare occurrence.
She said, “It all happened very suddenly. When I saw that the baby was still in the bag, I immediately prepared the injections.’
Nicolas was born healthy, weighing 7 lb 7 oz (3.38 kilograms) and measuring 20 inches (51 cm) in height.
In her incredible photos, Ludmila said, “Amazing, isn’t it? I captured the moment. It happened very fast, it all happened in a few seconds.
“I got myself into position and clicked at the right time, and the image finally made an impact.”
A similar case also occurred in Brazil last July, when twins Maria Cecilia and Maria Alice were born.
Twins Maria Cecilia and Maria Alice in their amniotic sacs after a cesarean section at the Hospital de Nossa Senhora das Dores in Ponte Nova, Brazil, June 11, 2022
En-caul births are incredibly rare, occurring only once in every 80,000 births
Doctors had to physically break the sacs with their hands after mother Cristiane Mucci gave birth to her two daughters via caesarean section on June 11, 2022.
As the medics carefully tried to open the sacs, the babies began to break themselves.
The birth was captured on film at the Hospital de Nossa Senhora das Dores in Ponte Nova, a state in the southeast of the country.
Both children were born well and healthy.
What is a rectal birth?
In a skull delivery, a baby is born with the amniotic sac intact.
The amniotic sac is a jelly-like container filled with fluid that helps protect the baby from bumps and scrapes during pregnancy.
It normally bursts during childbirth, but in very rare cases it can remain intact.
Estimates assume one in 80,000 births in the womb.
It is more common in cesarean deliveries where babies are pulled out of the womb via surgery than in vaginal deliveries.
The phenomenon is also more common in premature babies because they are smaller and the sac is therefore less likely to burst during birth.
After the baby is born, a doctor will gently break open the sac to release the baby.
Being born en caul is not considered dangerous for a baby.