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:
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.