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Amazing Photos of Baby Born in the Amniotic Sac

By ceridwen |

In the movies the amniotic sac (bag of waters) always seems to break without warning and then there’s a mad dash to the hospital. So much so that most pregnant women and partners assume the onset of labor will be marked by a gush of fluid. But in real life the waters usually break during labor. In fact, 85% of the time the waters break once labor (contractions) are underway– maybe early on, maybe in the middle or during the pushing phase. Rarely a baby is born “in the caul,” or in the amniotic sac.

When it happens it’s pretty cool. The baby sort of paws it’s way out of the sac with help from mom or a birth assistant.  It’s perfectly normal and it’s considered a blessing in some cultures. But it’s definitely rare. Here are some amazing pictures of what it looks like taken by Melissa of MJ Photography:

Born "in the caul."



The white stuff is a waxy vernix, which helps protect the baby's skin in utero.


It looks so thin and insubstantial but it encloses the sterile environment of the womb for 40 weeks!


According to Wikipedia, Napoleon, Lord Byron, Sigmund Freud and Liberace were all born in the caul.  Watch this rad video of a baby born underwater in the caul– you can see the baby through the thin veil of membrane opening his eyes. Amazing, bizarre and totally normal.


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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Amazing Photos of Baby Born in the Amniotic Sac

  1. Danielle says:

    My great grandmother was born in the caul, or as she called it “with the veil”. She was from the south and the story goes that people born with the veil have some sort of psychic ability and may be able to see the dead. She always knew when something was going to happen!

  2. Johannah B says:

    I was born in a caul, and yes they called it a veil…. And sailors used to buy it for an enormous amount of money because it was said that your ship would never sink if you had one aboard. ~ And if I had to say if I had some “special abilities” I would say I definately do!

  3. deirdre says:

    My adopted daughter was born with the sack unbroken. The dr broke it after she was delivrred. Her birthmom was a methamphetamine addict and the baby was just 5 1/2lbs. She came fast. I am a Christian so I don’t believe she has special powers, but she does have an indomitable spirit. She is a strong and friendly person. She is 8 now.

  4. Lisa says:

    My daughter was born in the caul and as been an extraordinary person her entire life, who makes a positive contribution in the lives of everyone with whom she comes into contact. Everything she does, is done in her own special way, including her auspicious birth. For what it’s worth, Deiedre, I believe that having an indominItable spirit is a special power, particularly in these dark days. ” special powers” certainly don’t necessarily carry the negative, anti-Christian association you seem to fear. For instance, the ability to express unconditional, Christ-like Love might itself be considered a special power. Just food for thought.

  5. Yvette says:

    My son was born with “membrane intact” as the doctors call it. It was an amazing birth and he is an amazing boy.

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