En-Caul Birth

The en-caul birth, not to be confused with the “caul” birth, occurs when the infant is born inside the entire amniotic sac. The sac balloons out at birth, with the amniotic fluid and child remaining inside the unbroken or partially broken membrane.

Birth with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. This statistic includes “en-caul” births, which occur more frequently than authentic caul births; therefore authentic caul births are rarer than the statistic indicates. Most “en-caul” births are premature.

Image from theskepticalmother.blogspot.com (link)        larger image 1600 x 1200 pixels here

The above picture is one of 36 wk twins who was born en-cal.

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