Consider us blown away!
How often do we get to see what a baby looks like in the womb? 1 in 80,000 births, that’s how often!
This absolutely breathtaking video shows a baby born while still encased in the amniotic sac, offering an incredibly rare glimpse into life in the womb.
And okay, while this baby technically isn’t in the womb, what’s amazing about this video is the baby doesn’t know that yet. He’s still wrapped in a little ball, yawning cosily, attached to his mum via the umbilical cord, so it’s only when the doctor gently cuts the sac that we see the baby take his first breaths in the ‘outside world’.
So how does this happen? Well, the amniotic sac, sometimes called a ‘caul’, is a cushioning layer of protection that encases the baby, the placenta and the umbilical cord during pregnancy. Nutrients and oxygen are passed from the mum’s bloodstream to the placenta and through the umbilical cord. Usually, when a mum is ready to go into labour the amniotic sac bursts – which is known as her water breaking. But in the case of the baby in the video that didn’t happen, and the baby was born in a fully-intact sac.