If a baby is born en-caul, the amniotic sac in which the child has developed over nine months remains intact, despite delivery. It’s pretty rare — only 1 in 80,000 births! — and is typically associated with vaginal birth and premature deliveries (the sac is thought to protect tiny babies from the intense pressure of contractions).
If we’re being real, watching a baby born en-caul is a lot like seeing a brand new butterfly emerge from its cocoon — just gentler. (If you’re squeamish, I’d imagine this looks more like a scene from Alien, for you, but hey, it’s the miracle of life!). When Mona V. Elsness, the osteopath and physiotherapist behind the Norwegian women’s health Instagram account Female Wellness took to her feed to post a video of a little emerging from his amniotic sac, the Internet was mesmerized.
In the beginning of the video, you can see the baby boy’s hand press up against the sac, flexing little fingers. As doctors break the sac, the baby is “unwrapped” and he flails his arms, disillusioned but strong, as he makes his big debut.
Hard to look away right? Yep, we totally watched it through a few times, too — it’s gentle and calm and seriously beautiful.