Has any LM been blessed with one of these extremely rare occurrences?
The thread about Bulging membranes got me curious yet again, so I had to post
Caulbearer is a name given to babies born in the caul (or en caul) which means baby was born with an intact amniotic sac (bag of waters) or with some of the amnion (membrane) covering the baby’s head.
I didn't even consider this could happen until I watched a show (yes, it was one of "those" birth shows on TLC) and a woman gave birth to her baby still completely in its sac...waters and all...and you could see the sac moving as baby was trying to breath. I was so amazed and couldn't stop thinking about it.
Apparently it's a sign of good luck or a good omen. And just for kicks, here are some cultural beliefs or myths regarding being born in the caul:
• Hmong believe that caulbearers were monarchs in previous lives and the sac is part of their past attire. Hmong also believe that these babies will grow up strong, healthy, intelligent and prosperous. Furthermore, some Hmong save the sac, dry it, and keep it in a safe place for luck. It is then to be returned to the caulbearer at his/her funeral in order to further pass on the good luck.
• Croatian and some European countries believe that caulbearers are vampires.
• Icelandic and Scottish myth suggests that caulbearers have psychic powers.
• Buddhists often believe that a caulbearer will be a future Dalai Lama.
• Egyptian folklore insinuates that caulbearers are fated to a life of mysticism.
• According to British legend, those babies born with a veil will lead a life of travel, but will not fatigue.
Interesting, isn't it?