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    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?
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    That is interesting, TFS

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    I've never heard of that but that is very interesting.
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    hmm makes me wonder if Andrew was born in the caul, My water broke as he was being born, 1 push and it all came flying out with Andrew ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan5kids View Post
    hmm makes me wonder if Andrew was born in the caul, My water broke as he was being born, 1 push and it all came flying out with Andrew ..
    Interesting...I bet there is a good chance he was
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    With Aden everyone in the room was prepd that it could happen. It didnt break til I was pushing with all of the kids (technically they broke andrews though because I was sitting at 10 cm - he was born 3 min later).
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    That is interesting- I am not at all superstitious to all those beliefs surrounding it. But i am sure that it does happen. Cuz yes I have heard of some babies just gushing out with the waters.
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    I bet it doesn't happen as often now as it use to as people often have water broken to speed up labour. I bet it's amazing to see though.

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    no but close. heyden's water broke as i was pushing him out.
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    My third daughter is. They had me stop pushing so everyone could see the membranes intact, and brought a mirror so I could see. What I remember is rainbow colours with the light hitting the fluid.

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    My aunt was born like this. She had the sac over her face like a veil... and was also face first when she came out. How spooky that must have been to see!
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    My youngest brother was born like this. I bet that would be awesome to see. I agree with the pp who said it probably doesn't happen as often b/c dr's often seem quick to break the waters.

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    Interesting.
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