An amazing photo of a baby born while still in his amniotic sac gives a rare and phenomenal glimpse into life in the womb before birth. The photos further verify the humanity of unborn children who can be, in some nations like the United States and Canada, legally aborted in the late stages of pregnancy.
Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California helped birth baby Silas Phillips three months early via Caesarian section. In a rare event, he was born still completely enveloped by the amniotic sac, which did not break upon birth. Dr William Binder told CBS News in Los Angeles that he will never forget this unique birth.
“It was a moment that really did – even though its a cliche – we caught our breath. It really felt like a moment of awe,” the neonatologist said. “This was really a moment that will stick in my memory for some time.”
Here’s more about little Silas and the amazing pictures Dr. Binder took during the delivery process. Silas is now 10 weeks old and progressing well enough to go home in a month:
Dr Binder took photos of the baby while he was still in the amniotic sac. Until the bag was broken Silas was still getting oxygen through the placenta.
“It felt like slow-motion but really realistically probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac, start helping the baby to begin breathing,” Dr Binder said.
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The birth of a baby with the amniotic sac still intact is known as a caul birth. It is said to occur an average of around once in every 80,000 deliveries.
The first mum Chelsea Phillips knew about her son’s unusual arrival was when her mother showed her the photograph taken by Dr Binder.
“It was definitely like a clear film where you could definitely make out his head and his hair. He was kind of in a fetal position and you could see like his arms and his legs curled up,” she told CBS. “It was actually really cool to see.”