This video of an en-caul birth has gone viral. You have to see it for yourself to appreciate how amazing this sort of (very rare) birth really is.
A Facebook video of a baby being born inside the amniotic sac has gone viral and for good reason—it's absolutely fascinating to watch.
Jasmine Perez posted the video of the birth, which has been viewed over 20 million times. After all, most people have never seen a birth that looks quite like this: According to BabyMed, fewer than 1 in every 80,000 births are en-caul, which is the clinical name for a birth that occurs inside the amniotic sac.
En-caul births are not to be confused with births that involve the amniotic sac covering part of the baby's body—these are called "caul births." There are two ways caul births can play out: more often than not, the caul (or sac) will cover the baby's head and face in such a way that it almost looks like the child is wearing a helmet, but sometimes it can extend down to the baby's torso. En-caul births happen more infrequently and tend to be seen in premature births.
Thankfully, the baby who was born in the viral video is healthy. In the video, the amniotic sac covers the baby's entire body. You can clearly see the newborn lying in the sac before a doctor cuts it away and pulls the baby out and into the world.
The video is a reminder that the human body is truly beautiful and capable of such amazing things.