This baby was born from his mother’s womb with the amniotic sac
intact. He was delivered at 36 weeks via c-section. The baby was breech, with
an umbilical cord complication, that required an early birth.
Dr. Pan Mian, of Fujian Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital in East China, decided to deliver the baby in the amniotic sac because he was premature. This type of birth is called “en caul.” This birthing condition is rare, occurring in less than 1 in 80,000 births.
“We opted for this procedure because preterm babies are weaker than full-term babies,” Dr. Pan stated. Continuing “As premature births are among the main reasons for infant mortality, an en caul birth allows the newborn to be delivered inside the same protective membrane. This reduces moisture loss on the skin, avoids rapid temperature loss after a preterm birth, and decreases the risk of the infant being harmed during a C-section.”
The baby stayed in the sac for 2 minutes before the doctor
opened the membrane and drained the lungs. The baby weighed 5.5 pounds at
birth. This method might be used at the hospital more frequently because of the
success of this birth.