‘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.


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!


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.


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


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


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

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