No matter how much you prepare yourself, there's no telling what will really happen when the delivery day finally comes. Will your water bag break? When and where will you be when you start contracting? The key is not to panic, which is honestly hard. But this amazing birth story takes the cake when it comes to keeping cool under pressure.
Mom Raelin Scurry, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States shared her birth story via a post on Instagram. On August 5, at just 29 weeks and four days gestation, she gave birth to her son en caul, which means he was still fully nestled inside his amniotic sac.
But, wait, there's more. Raelin didn't give birth at home or in the hospital; she welcomed her baby while riding shotgun in a moving car.
"I was only 29 weeks, and four days so I just figured they were Braxton Hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity, I decided I should probably go in," Raelin wrote on Instagram. En route to the hospital, she and her fiance, Ean Vanstory, left her daughter, Nicole, at her godmother's house. That was when the contractions continued to progress.
While in the car, Raelin called 911 because she was scared, but before she knew it, it was time to push. "So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough, his head was right there. I pushed one time, and my miracle baby was here," Raelin added. The dispatcher told them to pull the car over, but she knew they would make it to the hospital faster, instead of waiting for the emergency team to arrive.
Raelin realized that her baby was still inside his amniotic sac, occurring only in one out of 80,000 births, and it happens via a C-section most of the time. She told Kidspotthat she didn't try to open the amniotic sac since she feared that her baby might not be able to breathe since he was born too early.
"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 wrote, adding that they remained calm throughout the ride.
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After seven whole minutes of cradling her baby -- yes, still intact inside his amniotic sac -- the couple found themselves at the hospital. When Ean rushed inside to tell the staff, they thought he was joking! It took a radio code sent by a security guard who saw Raelin and the baby in the car before they took action.
"The doctors grabbed him from me and broke the sac right outside in front of the hospital. Neither of us had ever seen anything like it before," Raelin told The Huffington Post. Looking back, Raelin said she was thankful that her son was born en caul because had he not been born in the sac, he probably wouldn't have been able to survive.
Baby Ean Jamal "EJ" Vanstory, Jr., who weighed only three pounds and one ounce at birth, has been in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) since his amazing arrival. The doctors plan to keep him there until his original due date in October, but they're amazed at his progress.
Raelin isn't also unfazed by the challenges of having EJ in the NICU. "We just try to look at it from a positive perspective...he just has to continue to grow big and strong there, and we’ll have him home before we know it," Raelin said.
"I know he's going to be an awesome little man! He is truly a miracleâ€‹ baby. We are so blessed to be his parents," Raelin said in her Instagram post, which has garnered almost 5,000 likes in just five days. Birth Without Fear and Love What Matters Facebook pages also shared her story and had gotten 14,000 and 37,000 reactions (and still counting!) so far.