A young mother has released photographs of the amazing moment her baby son was born while still in his amniotic sac.
Keely Kilmer, 19, from Washington, says she was shocked to discover her 6lb 5oz son, David Toby Lewis, had made his entrance into the world ‘en caul’, ie still completely covered by his unbroken amniotic sac.
Keely’s partner’s mother Jennifer Lewis, 43, was on hand with a camera to capture a birthing rarity that only happens once in 80,000 deliveries.
Keely Kilmer, 19, from Washington and her partner David Lewis had no idea that their son would make such a dramatic entrance into the world
Granmother Jennifer Lewis, 43, was on hand to capture the incredible moment on camera
Photographer and artist Keely said of the birth: ‘It was amazing. I just couldn’t believe it. It felt very special.
‘Seeing his body surrounded by his amniotic sac – which had fed and nurtured him for nine months – was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
‘I couldn’t believe it had happened to my body and my son.’
In history, babies born ‘en caul’ (literally, ‘helmeted head’ in Latin) are said to have special, mystical powers and in medieval times were said to be destined for greatness.
Keely said she even felt the sac before David was released from it, which she described as ‘velvety’.
David Toby, now five months old, arrived three days early on May 21, 2016, at a local birth centre in Washington.
‘Labour wasn’t that bad,’ she said. ‘I’d been walking around before it happened, encouraging him to come.
Asked about whether she was embarrassed that so many people watched her deliver, Keely said: ‘Jennifer has had three children, so I found her presence helpful.’ Now David Toby is growing normally – and is not fazed by his incredible start in life.
‘He is perfect, growing just fine, has three teeth and is trying to crawl,’ Keeley says.
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