All births are unique and special in their own way. But it’s even more extraordinary when a baby is born “en caul,” meaning the amniotic sac remains unbroken during the birth, which makes the infant appear to be inside a bubble.
Having an en caul birth is so rare, in fact, that many moms have never even heard of it until it happens to them. A caul birth occurs in about 1 in every 80,000 births. Babies who are fortunate enough to be born with their caul are said to be lucky and to have a special affinity for water.
What is an “en caul” birth?
So-called “caul-babies,” who arrive in the world with parts of the amniotic sac or caul (also called the veil) still covering their face or body, have it removed by a doctor, doula, or midwife after the birth. This is sometimes known as being “born with a shirt” or “born with a veil.”
Being tucked in the birth sac during labor and birth helps to protect the baby from contractions and makes for a gentler birth.
While most “en caul” babies are born early, experts now suggest that babies in danger of being born prematurely should be delivered “en caul” to give them a gentler start in life and maintain the womb-like environment for as long as possible.
1 – This little guy was born partially “en caul.”
2 – Peeling the last of the veil off this sweet little babe born en caul…she came quite quickly but all was well!
3 – How amazing is an en caul birth? also known as a “mermaid birth.” when the baby is born “gift-wrapped” in his amniotic sac. A midwife is so very lucky to see this in her whole working life as it’s extremely rare, only 1 in 80,000 births are born en caul.
4 – The veil that this baby is wearing is part of their amniotic sac! When babies are born in their sac, it is called an “en caul” birth and is considered in many cultures to be a sign of good luck.
5 – “There are no words that I can use to properly express my birth experience bringing Maeve Juliette into this world. She chose me, I think, because we all needed her. I needed her. She was gifted to us to carry on a name that was given to one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever known.”
6 – “Whether your babies are earthside or skyside, you are wonderful and deserving.”
7 – “This birth was not only special because he was 1 in 80,000 by being born en caul (still in his waters), but because he is ours!”
8 – Loving all the details of this photo…those lips and tiny toes!