Twins are already quite rare. But a twin born fully inside its amniotic sac is even rarer.
Last month the internet was awed with a photo of a newborn baby still attached to the placenta with the umbilical cord spelling out “love.” Here comes another amazing photo, this time with a baby born fully inside its amniotic sac. Being born like this is such a rare incidence that even doctors catch their breath upon witnessing such an occasion.
A twin was born “en caul”, or still fully nestled inside the amniotic sac, and photographer Leilani Rogers caught it all on photos. Talking about the rare occurrence, Rogers said everything happened so fast that she only got to see it through her camera.
“There was a good size birth team, it was dark, the room was small, but I didn't hesitate or take any time to worry about all that. I just went to work . . . and didn't realize what I'd captured until after the birth,” Rogers told Popsugar of the homebirth. “There was no time to see the amniotic sac with my own eyes.”
She was able to take two photos of the twin in the egg-like enclosure. The midwife tore open the sac shortly afterwards, Rogers recounted.
The amniotic sac is a thin membrane, much like a bubble, that envelope all babies inside their mothers’ wombs. It’s filled with fluid that’s meant to cushion the baby from bumps and injuries. The amniotic sac also provides the baby with fluid it can breathe in and swallow. It also helps with keeping the baby’s temperature constant.
When a mom is ready to give birth, the amniotic sac breaks and the fluid flows out of her vagina. This is what people often call as the water breaking.
It is rare for babies to be born with their amniotic sac still attached to them, only one in 80,000. Some are born with it enclosing their head, some with their head and torso, and, even rare, some are born with it still covering them entirely.
It typically occurs in children born prematurely and some believe it to be good luck.
Sources: February 7, 2016. "You've Probably Never Seen a Baby Born Inside Its Amniotic Sac Before — and It's Breathtaking" (popsugar.com) February 25, 2015. "Rare birth: Baby born completely encased in amniotic sac" (cnn.com) December 21, 2015. "What is the amniotic sac?" (nhs.uk)