A mum has shared her amazing birth story after her premature son was born in his amniotic sac – while travelling in the car on the way to the hospital.
Raelin Scurry, from the USA, was just 29 weeks and 4 days pregnant when her contraction began at home.
She took to social media two weeks after her dramatic delivery to share what happened next.
‘Miracle’ baby born in amniotic sac
In an Instagram post, Raelin explained that how she began feeling contractions on August 5, but as she was nowhere near her due date she assumed they were just Braxton Hicks, or ‘false labour’. After 45 minutes she realised the contractions were becoming more consistent and intense and knew it was time to head to the hospital.
Raelin and her fiancé Ean dropped off their daughter at her godmother’s house and then set a course for the maternity ward. However, her new baby boy wasn’t prepared to wait around.
“Well, the contractions continued to get close together and more intense, and before I knew it, I knew it was time to push,” wrote Raelin.
“I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn’t understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiancé.”
Desperate to make it to the hospital, the couple continued travelling and Raelin got ready for her baby to appear.
“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,” she recalled.
And Raelin was in for one final surprise – her baby boy was born still enclosed in his amniotic sac.
“When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac,” she wrote. “The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving.”
During the seven minutes journey to the hospital, Raelin checked over her son and encouraged him to start breathing.
“At first, the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay,” she wrote.
“And 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.”
When they arrived at the hospital, staff immediately rushed to the family’s aid and took over care of the premature tot.
Weighing in at just 3lbs 1oz at birth, Raelin’s baby is now ‘doing wonderful’ and going from strength to strength.
“I know he’s going to be an awesome little man. He is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents,” added the proud mum.
En caul births
Raelin’s story has become internet famous thanks to the once-in-a-lifetime shot of her son still inside his amniotic sac.
Caul births, where a piece of the amniotic membrane covers a newborn’s head and face, is rare, occurring in less than 1 in 80,000 births.
True ‘en caul’ births, where the baby is born completely encased in their amniotic sac, are even rarer, and most commonly occur when the baby is premature.