‘1 in 80,000 moment’: Baby born with amniotic sac still covering head surprises parents

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“To be ‘born with the caul’ means a baby or a child is born with a portion of the amniotic sac or membrane remaining on the head. Being born with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births.

Annabelle Burow was born February 21 at 8:05 a.m. via C-section. Sometimes we get too caught up in the excitement and forget to take a step back and realize the miracle of birth itself.

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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!

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The baby’s father told Love What Matters he quickly snapped photos of the rare occurrence, after the nurse assured him everything was OK. 

“When I first saw the bubble I 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.”

“We are completely in awe and I can tell you nothing — no moment — can top hearing my babies cry for the first time.

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No moment can top the first time they were placed in my arms.

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Babies are such a blessing, such a gift and forever a miracle.”

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This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Rachael Burrow, 23, of Buffalo, New York. Submit your story here.

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