A Pennsylvania mom has astounded the world after her son was born in the amniotic sac in a front seat of a car while heading to the hospital.
Raelin Scurry, from the US, explained that she was only 29 weeks pregnant when she started to experience contractions and assumed they were Braxton Hicks.
After about 45 minutes, she decided to head into the hospital with her partner. It was during the car journey that she realised she needed to push.
According to her, “I knew it was time to push,” Scurry shared on Instagram. “I called 911 because I was so scared. I pulled my pants off and reached down. Sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here.”
The amniotic sac is filled with fluid in which the unborn baby floats and moves – it helps to cushion the baby from bumps and injury, as well as providing them with fluids that they can breathe and swallow.
When a woman’s water breaks, it’s in fact the amniotic sac breaking and the fluid draining out through the vagina. But this didn’t happen to Raelin Scurry. At just 29 weeks pregnant, Scurry was not expecting to give birth on 5 August.
Scurry and her fiancé Ean thought they could make it to the hospital quicker than the emergency services would get to them, so they decided to keep driving, despite how scared they were.
“At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay,” Scurry said. “And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay.”
It took about seven minutes for the family to make it to the hospital, where staff came running out to the car park and opened the amniotic sac, helping the baby to breathe.
En caul births are incredibly rare, occurring at just one in 80,000 births – it’s more common in caesarean sections than vaginal births too.
Scurry’s baby boy weighed just 3lb 1oz but survived.
“He doing wonderful all things considered,” Scurry said. “I know he’s going to be an awesome little man! He is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents.”