Breathtaking images have managed to catch the moment a baby was delivered while still inside his amniotic sac.
Incredible photos of the boy still inside his sac were snapped. It’s said he didn’t breathe on his own for two full minutes, until doctors cut open the sac, exposing him to the world.
It was in July of this year that medics at the Fujian Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital decided to deliver a boy still in his ‘en caul’ – amniotic sac – during an emergency C-section when they found out he was in the breach position.
Reports state the boy’s mom had arrived at hospital experiencing abdominal pains and bleeding.
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Doctor Pan, part of the team at Fujian Hospital, said: “Newborns usually cry shortly after being born as their respiratory system is introduced to the new surroundings.
“But when this boy was born, still in his amniotic sac, it was as if he were still in his mother’s womb.
“It was not until doctors opened the membrane and cleared the amniotic fluid from his respiratory system that he began to cry – a full two minutes later than normal babies.”
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The boy’s mom visited doctors two weeks before her due date, having experienced pain and bleeding. Doctors soon realized the baby was in breach position (he would be born bottom-first) and so thought the best option would be to deliver him still inside his amniotic sac.
“We opted for this procedure because preterm babies are weaker than full-term babies,” Doctor Pan explained.
“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.
“Even if an en caul delivery were unsuccessful, the baby could then be delivered via a traditional C-section, so it’s just one more option to have.”
In any case, we’re thankful for these truly special images, and of course that both mother and baby are well.
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