A baby boy born three months prematurely via cesarian section pulled off a feat that happens in less than one in 80,000 births: After exiting the womb, he was still fully encased in his amniotic sac.
The image of the birth looks like something out of a science-fiction film. Little hands press against the sac's membrane, and the baby appears to be inside in a gooey, translucent egg. But really, it's the miracle of childbirth!
The delivery room was so taken aback by the sight, they took a picture.
"Even though it's a cliché—we caught our breath," neonatologist William Binder told CNN affiliate KCAL about the rare birth. "It really felt like a moment of awe."
When a woman's "water breaks," it means her amniotic sac, which is filled with fluid, is no longer intact and that the pregnancy is nearing its final stages. It's already a rarity when a baby is born in an intact amniotic sac—or "en caul"—during a vaginal birth. But it's even more unlikely during a C-section because the sac is usually punctured by the doctor's scalpel.