Womb with a view! Incredible moment baby is delivered by caesarean section while still inside its amniotic sac
- Astonishing images show how a baby is born inside an intact amniotic sac
- Baby Nicholas entered the world in Muriae, a town in southeastern Brazil
- The rare case occurred because the mother’s waters did not break in labour
Breathtaking images show how a baby was delivered within its intact amniotic sac.
The amazing moment was captured as little Nicholas entered the world in Muriae, a town in the southeast of Brazil on January 2.
Birth photographer Ludmila Gusman photographed the mesmerising images which show the baby sealed within the sac.
Baby Nicholas had to be delivered by caesarean section, which led to the astonishing and rare case.
An incredible image shows a baby named Nicolas born inside an intact amniotic sac, in Muriae, in the Zona da Mata of Minas Gerais, Brazil, January 2, 2022
Baby Nicholas had to be delivered by caesarean section, which led to the astonishing and rare case
Known as an en caul birth, the phenomenon is known to happen in less than one in 80,000 deliveries.
It happens more commonly in C-sections and in premature natural births than in natural births after 37 weeks of pregnancy.
This is because the fluid-filled membrane usually breaks when the expectant mother is about to go into labour – a process commonly known as water breaking.
In the rare instances of an en caul birth, doctors must act quickly to break the sac to allow the baby to breathe, as there is no longer oxygen supplied from the mother.
Known as an en caul birth, the phenomenon is known to happen in less than one in 80,000 deliveries
Ludmila – who boasts 10,800 followers on Instagram – told local media it was the first time in her nine-year photography career she had seen such a rare event.
She said: ‘It all happened very suddenly. When I saw the baby was still in the bag, I prepared the shots immediately.’
Nicolas was born healthily weighing 7lb 7oz (3.38 kilograms) and measuring 20 inches (51cm).
On her incredible snaps, Ludmila said: ‘Great, huh? I captured the moment. It was very fast, it all happened in a few seconds.
‘I got myself into position and clicked at the right moment, and the image ended up making an impact.’
A similar case also happened in Brazil in July last year when twins Maria Cecilia and Maria Alice were born.
Twins Maria Cecilia and Maria Alice inside their amniotic sacs after a C-section in the Hospital de Nossa Senhora das Dores in Ponte Nova, Brazil, June 11, 2022
En caul births are incredibly rare and only happen 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 C-section on June 11, 2022.
As the medics gently tried to open up the sacs, the infants started to break through themselves.
The birth was captured on film at the Hospital de Nossa Senhora das Dores in Ponte Nova, a state in Brazil’s south east.
Both children were born well and healthy.
What is an en caul birth?
An en caul birth is when a baby is born with the amniotic sac intact.
The amniotic sac is a jelly like container filled with fluid that helps cushion the baby from bumps and scrapes during pregnancy.
It normally bursts during labour however on very rare occasions it can remain intact.
Estimates put the number of en caul births as one in every 80,000.
It is more common in C-section deliveries where babies are pulled out of the womb via surgery than by vaginal delivery.
The phenomenon is also more common in premature babies as they are smaller with the sac less likely to burst during birth as a result.
After being a born en caul a doctor will carefully break open the sac to release the baby.
Being born en caul is not believed to be dangerous for a baby.