In over 100 births, I finally got to see a baby be born en caul. This happens with the bag of waters is left alone or doesn’t rupture before birth and the baby is born with some of the membrane covering a newborn’s head and face. Birth with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. The caul is harmless and is immediately removed by the physician or midwife upon delivery of the child. (source wikipedia).
Many cultures through history view en caul births as “lucky”, some believed it would bring fertility, protection from drowning, thus being prized and sought out by sailors, other’s saw it as a form of supernatural protection. Needless to say regardless of folklore, it’s a rare honor to witness a birth like this.
I call my self the PG rated birth photographer so there won’t be an image of this moment, but It was thrilling to see not only for myself but for the momma, Lori, as well as the attending midwife.
Lori was the epitome of grace and strength… I am often taken aback as I watch women become mothers, and men becoming fathers, and kiddos becoming siblings. This family now has 3 gorgeous girls to love on. And goodness, were the older sisters SO excited to see their newest personal baby doll.