Raelin Scurry, a mother from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gave birth to her second child in a car on the way to the hospital — with the baby still inside its amniotic sac, a membrane that contains and protects the baby, placenta, and amniotic fluids during pregnancy. Scurry posted a remarkable Instagram photo of her newborn, who was born in the car on August 5 weighing 3 pounds and 1 ounce at 29 weeks and 4 days gestation.
Our birth story! ❤ The human body is truly an amazing thing. 8.5.2017 at about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in. I there in some clothes. Grabbed my daughter some clothes, her my fiance And I left for the hospital. I dropped my daughter to her God mommy Nicole And headed to the hospital. Well the contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before I knew it I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn’t understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance. 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. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving. I was so scared. My Fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. 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. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby. He was born an caul. This happens 1 in every 80,000 births. Usually during c-section. He was 3lb 1oz. He doing wonderful all things considered all He went through 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. #encaul #encaulbirth #carbirth #miriclebaby
A post shared by Raelin Scurry (@raeee_nacoal23) on Aug 24, 2017 at 1:21pm PDT
When the baby didn’t move at first, Scurry, who works in medical research and knew the baby would be safe in the sac, poked at his face and was relieved when he raised his hands and feet toward his head. She kept the baby in his sac for about seven minutes as the boy’s father, Ean Vanstory, drove them to the hospital.
It’s extremely rare for babies to be born within the sac — a.k.a. «en caul,» according to Dr. Anna Euser, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at UCHealth who remembers seeing just five en caul delivers over her eight years of practice. Typically, she says, the sac is ruptured before or during labor with pushing from pressure from contractions, or broken by a doctor or midwife to further encourage labor, then delivered with the placenta after the baby. (The flow of fluids that results is known as a woman’s «water breaking.»)
Dr. Euser says intact amniotic sacs are typically broken right away after delivery since babies can’t breathe once the placenta (which provides oxygen to the baby during pregnancy) is separated from the mother’s uterus, as is the case in en caul deliveries.
Although Dr. Euser worries whether the infant was breathing during its brief drive to the hospital, and Scurry didn’t respond to requests for comment, the newborn, called Ean Jamal Vanstory Jr. or «E.J.», is reportedly doing well. And he’s cute as a button!
Daddy and his little man ❤😘😍#TheEans #myboys
A post shared by Raelin Scurry (@raeee_nacoal23) on Aug 15, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT