An award-winning birth photographer recently captured one of the rarest phenomenons of childbirth, occurring in less than 1 in every 80,000 births.
Photographer Robin Baker joined these parents who were having twins in their own home, despite a whopping 75% of twins being delivered via C-section.
But the birth became even more magical as baby number two arrived “en caul”, or still fully inside the amniotic sac.
Incredibly, the parents were completely alone throughout the birth as the labor happened too quickly for the OB-GYN and his team to assist them.
“We didn’t know the baby would deliver completely en caul until he was crowning,” Baker said.
“Even then the sac can break, but Baby B’s stayed intact until mom reached down to puncture it.”
Legend has it that babies born en caul, known as caulbearers, are “lucky” babies and are destined for great things.
“These parents are experienced home birthers as they had their first child at home,” Baker added.
“They had 30 minutes of bonding time with Baby A before Baby B made his way into his father’s hands still en caul.”
The medical team arrived shortly after the birth to assist with the arrival of the placentas, all captured in Baker’s stunning photographs.
And both mom and twins are doing well.
Baker, who has attended over 70 births, will always remember this one: “Since so many twins are born in the operating room, this birth was very special!”
So now we’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled for news of caulbearer Baby B’s greatness.