Sometimes you encounter remarkable birth stories every now and then. This one certainly is so I thought I’d share it here.
Meet Baby EJ. He was still in the amniotic sac after being born in the car. This amazing photo was shared on Instagram by his mum, Raelin.
She writes that when she first felt contractions, she didn’t think much about them. She was only 29 weeks + 4 days pregnant (which means her baby wasn’t due to be born for another 11 weeks) , so she figured it just might be Braxton Hicks contractions and decided to wait it out.
However, the pain continued to escalate and the contractions became more frequent so she decided it was time to go to the hospital. She gathered some clothes, her daughter, called the attention of her fiance, and they were on the way. They had to make a stopover at her daughter’s godparent to drop her off, then drove to the hospital.
While in the car, the contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before she knew it, it was time to push. She had to call 911, although they couldn’t make out what she was saying due to the intense labour pains and had to pass the phone to her fiance.
She pulled down her pants and reached down – surprise, surprise! Her baby’s head was already out! She gave one major push and the baby was out. Amazingly, the baby was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac.
The 911 dispatcher told them to pull over, but Raelin knew that they could reach the hospital faster than the emergency team could get to them so her fiance continued driving. She was so scared but fortunately, her fiance was calm all throughout whilst driving and being guided by the 911 dispatchers over the phone.
“At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay”, she shares.
Finally, they reached the hospital after about 7 minutes and was quickly assisted by the medical team. (I bet it must have been the longest seven minutes of her life!)
Fun fact (Via babymed.com):
The “en-caul” birth, not to be confused with the “caul” birth, occurs when the infant is born inside of the entire amniotic sac. The sac balloons out at birth, with the child remaining inside of the unbroken, or partially broken membrane.Being born with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births.
Do you know of any baby who was born en-caul? Let me know and I’d love to hear all about it!
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