The phenomenon is so rare, it happens in only 1 in 80,000 births!
Raelin Scurry's second child wasn't due until October 15. So, when the Pennsylvania mom started having contractions on August 5th, she assumed they were Braxton-Hicks contractions and decided to wait it out. After 45 minutes of increasing intensity, she figured it was probably time to go to the hospital. But in the car on the way there Scurry's contractions got even closer together and she knew it was time to give birth.
"I called 911 because I was so scared," she explained on Instagram. "They couldn't understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiancé. 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. When I looked down, I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac."
So incredible! Check out the amazing image she shared alongside her story on social media:
A birth like this—when the baby is inside a still-intact amniotic sac—is called en caul. And as you can imagine, it's pretty rare, occurring only once in every 80,000 births. Which is why it's not all that surprising that Scurry had never even heard about the phenomenon before!
"At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay," she explained. "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. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital."
The baby—who the couple named Ean—weighed only 3 pounds, 1 ounce at birth, but is now up to 4 pounds 3.8 ounces and starting to take some of his feeds by mouth, according to one of Scurry's most recent Instagram updates.
"I know he's going to be an awesome little man!" she explained. "He is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents."
The human body is truly an amazing thing, isn't it? Congratulations, guys!
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