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AMAZING BIRTH: Baby born with amniotic sac intact

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 6th, 2013
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In an amazing birth, obstetrician Dr. Aris Tsigris has revealed the photo of a newborn baby that was born with its amniotic sac intact. The child was delivered via caesarean section in Amarousion, north of Athens, Greece.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - More amazingly, since the sac had not been punctured, Tsigris said the baby didn't know it had been born and behaved as if it was still inside the mother's womb.

The amniotic sac is a bag of fluid inside the womb where the unborn baby develops and grows. The sac is made of two membranes called the amnion and the chorion, and the sac is sometimes referred to as the "membranes."

Filled with clear, pale fluid the unborn baby floats and moves in the amniotic sac. The fluid cushions the baby from bumps and injury, as well as providing them with fluids that they can breathe and swallow.

The amniotic sac begins to fill with fluid within days of a woman conceiving. The amniotic fluid is mainly water. From about week 10 onwards, the baby passes small amounts of urine into the fluid.

The amount of amniotic fluid increases gradually during pregnancy until about week 38, when it reduces slightly until the baby is born. The amniotic sac breaks on its own during birth, which is commonly referred to as a mother's "water breaking."

Tsigris says that the chance of the amniotic sac remaining completely intact after birth was "ultra rare." He claims that he was left 'breathless' by the sight of the newborn born on March 12.

There was no risk to the baby, he says as it was still feeding off the placenta and would begin to breathe as soon as the sac was broken. The photo has since been shared more than 8000 times on Facebook.

The event while rare is sometimes being born "with the caul" and occurs when a child is delivered with a portion of amniotic membrane on their face. "Caul" literally means "helmeted head" or "veil." A baby with the caul is called the "caulbearer."

Being born with the caul in medieval times was interpreted as a sign of good luck and that the child was destined for greatness.

Saving the caul was considered an important tradition of childbirth. The midwife would rub a sheet of paper across the baby's head and face, pressing the material of the caul onto the paper.

It would then be presented to the mother, to be kept as an heirloom.

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