Today we talk about En-Caul birth.
Did you know that less than 1 in 80,000 babies are born with a caul?
En caul or “Call” babies are born with the amniotic sac still intact around the baby. These babies are considered “caul bearers” and are very special, and have been said to have an extraordinary sight, or destined for greatness. Among them include key figures in history: Napoleon, Charlemagne, Byron, Sigmund Freud, and David Copperfield. (source: veiled child)
In the past, the amniotic sac was kept as a keepsake for luck. Often, the membranes would be dried and presented to the mother. It was believed that if you had possession of a caul, you would be immune from drowning, as the baby. Often, sailors back in the day would go to great lengths to purchase one of these talismans. Other superstitions include selling a caul to a lawyer in Ancient Rome because it believed it would guarantee victory. In Romanian folklore, it was believed that babies born with a caul would become a vampire upon death. (source: Wikipedia)
If your baby is one of them, I am sure it will feel special not only because it’s your baby, but what a gentle birth you may have had.
Many care providers are quick to break the water, thinking that the labor will progress more quickly. However, this is not always the case. Midwives are less likely to intervene in the natural process, making this type of birth possible.
Perhaps your baby will be the next lucky one?
– Amy Tinney RN CPM LM