When parents in Buffalo, New York welcomed their daughter Annabelle on February 21, they got to experience the rare phenomenon of "in the caul" firsthand. 

By Maressa Brown
February 27, 2018
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Babies born in their amniotic sac -- or "with the caul" -- are extremely rare. In fact, the phenomenon occurs in just 1 in 80,000 births, according to Cedars-Sinai. But when it does happen, it's an incredible sight to behold. Just take the photo shared by New York mom Rachael Burrow of her daughter Annabelle, who was born on February 21.

"Annabelle Burow was born February 21st at 8:05am via c-section," Burrow wrote on Instagram. "Sometimes we get to caught up in the excitement and forget to take a step back and realize the miracle of birth itself. We are completely in awe and I can tell you nothing- no moment can top hearing my babies cry for the first time, no moment can top the first time they were placed in my arms. Babies are such a blessing, such a gift and forever a miracle."

Burrow shared the image and others with Love What Matters, as well, elaborating on the birth: "We actually didn’t know Annabelle would be born in the caul. It usually breaks, which is why this is so rare. This was my second C-section so it wasn’t something I was expecting to see! I think this is cool because it just goes to show that no matter how you deliver, vaginal or C-section, you get a beautiful baby either way!"

Burrow's husband shared with Love What Matters when he first saw the bubble he was "just confused. This didn’t look anything like our son did 17 months earlier. Then I made out her face and got scared for a moment. I thought, ‘This isn’t right! I’ve never seen this.’ I immediately looked at the nurse for reassurance. She said, ‘Quick take a picture, you don’t want to miss this.’ The lack of worry in her expression leveled me out, and without even knowing what I was looking at, I snapped some shots. I didn’t know it was going to be a 1 in 80,000 moment.”

Talk about awe-inspiring. Congrats to the Burrows!