Born in the Caul
It is said to be a special blessing to be born in the caul. This means that the amniotic sac doesn't break during the birth and the head is born still covered in the membrane or 'veil'. It doesn't happen very often even in natural births. It almost never happens in the hospital because the 'water' is so often broken artificially. Some say that a child born this way may have special intuitive powers, be destined to be a midwife, have extraordinary luck or never die by drowning. In any case, these are some amazing pictures. From the birth to baby in mom's arms is less than one minute. Click on the thumbnails for larger and less cropped images.
   
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
   
The head begins to emerge with mom kneeling
 
The tight bag doesn't seem like it will break
 
Gentle support on the perineum
   
The head is born
Notice the white vernix floating
cord is around neck but in the sac (of course)
   
Baby is turning
 
see the cord around the neck
 
baby gently emerges
   
membranes have now broken
 
You can see the edge in the enlarged photo
 
midwife starts to remove veil...
   
no, let Daddy do it
 
take a breath little baby
 
the rest comes off, unwrap cord
     
and between the legs to mommy
 
Gazing into mommy's eyes about two minutes old