Video footage of a baby who remained inside the intact amniotic sac after being birthed via C-section has gone viral, stunning viewers with a glimpse of life inside the womb.
The footage reportedly comes from Sao Paulo and is considered a phenomenon as it occurs in approximately 1 out of 80,000 births.
According to Babies Online, the amniotic sac serves a number of purposes. It provides cushion to the baby to protect him or her from harm, and helps maintain an even temperature in the womb so that the child does not become too hot or cold.
The sac normally breaks during birth or is cut open during a C-section.
In the online footage of the birth, the child can be seen partially emerged from his mother’s belly, still in the sac. Doctors and nurses play with the baby by poking his feet.
The video then cuts to footage of the child placed on a table with the sac still completely intact. The baby can be seen moving inside, the umbilical cord wrapped around his face.
Nurse Giselle Correa told the outlet Diario de Regiao that doctors were fascinated that the amniotic sac hadn’t ruptured, and asked if it would be okay to record the occasion.
“When I saw that scene, I asked the doctor if I could take a picture and then to shoot,” she said. “I could see the child moving. I am a prepared professional and helped in other births, but for me, that moment was unique.”
Correa advised that the child was a twin and that both he and his brother are fine.