It is estimated that somewhere between one in a 1,000 and one in 80,000 babies will be delivered in an unbroken amniotic sac or with some of the amniotic membrane covering their face. These rare babies are known as Caulbearers.
For centuries, these kids have had a number of myths and legends surrounding them. In medieval Britain, the birth of a Caulbearer was generally a sign of a good omen. It was believed that its birth could be predicted by ‘wise folk.’
But regardless of what myths were true or false about these special babies, today we have some interesting facts about them that we know to be true. Here are some widely known things about special babies born with an intact amniotic sac.
First of all, why are these babies called Caulbearers anyway? That’s because they’re named after the caul. The caul is the thin amniotic membrane around the fetus.
The caul is around the fetus when the baby is still in the womb. Babies born enclosed within the amniotic sac are therefore called “caulbearers.”
When a baby is born with the caul and the amniotic fluid still surrounding them, it is called a veiled birth.
So how exactly is it removed? It can actually be easily removed by a midwife or an obstetrician. Keep reading to find out more about this interesting birth phenomenon!
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