When a mother sees her newly born baby and feels infinite happiness – it’s a magical encounter.

Every birth is unique and special in its own way, but it becomes even more extraordinary when a baby is born “en-caul,” meaning the amniotic sac remains unbroken during the birth, creating the appearance of the infant inside a bubble.

This amazing phenomenon occurs in “fewer than 1 in 80,000 births.” Babies fortunate enough to enter the world covered in their caul are considered lucky and believed to have a special affinity for water.

What is an “en-caul” birth?

In an en-caul birth, a baby is born while still nestled securely within the amniotic sac. They remain completely contained, just as they were inside their mother’s uterus, and witnessing this is truly a miracle.

Being tucked inside the birth sac during labor and delivery helps protect the baby from contractions and results in a gentler birth.

Though most “en-caul” babies are born prematurely, medical experts now advise that babies at risk of premature birth undergo “en-caul” deliveries to offer them a softer start in life and preserve the womb-like environment for as long as possible.

It’s a fascinating glimpse into the baby’s growth and life, and the few photos shared here capture the phenomenon perfectly.

“This was such a pivotal moment for me as a birth photographer. Enjoy.” – Leilani Rogers

“There are many good luck superstitions tied to a baby being born in the caul! It’s certainly fun to capture on camera!” – Melissa Cate Photography

“Gorgeous baby born en-caul.” – via Monet Nicole Birth Photography

“Within a few minutes, a head started to emerge with a thick bag of water surrounding her. As my hands placed her on her mom’s chest, she was truly still between two worlds. The sticky veil that covered the rest of her face was caught between my fingers. I drew it back and thanked her for allowing me to show her off. This adorable infant curled up on her mother and gazed out at the world. Not one cry for the first few hours following her birth. Just in complete awe of the life she was given.” – Lindsey Meehleis

“How amazing is this baby en-caul? Did you know your waters don’t always have to ‘break’? If left alone, the amniotic sac and membranes will release whenever it is ready, or not at all.” – posted by The Birth Space.

“Baby was born en-caul! Truly an amazing thing to witness.” – Kate Murray Birth and Life

Gah!!!!! All these hands! What a story. Can you believe this second photo placed in the top 100 in a global competition out of more than 500,000 entries? This experience was simply amazing. Mama and midwife were unwrapping baby, and baby was reaching out for Mama.

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