Twin Born Still Inside The Intact Amniotic Sac
The rare event took place at a hospital in the city of Vinaros, in the province of Castellon, in Spain’s eastern Valencia region.
Gynaecologist and obstetrician Ana Teijelo, who was in charge of the medical team that carried out the C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, shared footage of the delivery that took place on Wednesday March 23.
She said: ‘Today at the hospital of Vinaros we had a veiled ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ (2nd twin) and here you can see the enthusiasm of the participants.’
A ᴠᴇɪʟᴇᴅ ʙɪʀᴛʜ, also known as a ‘mermaid’ or ‘en caul’ birth, is when the baby comes out still inside the intact amniotic sac, which usually ruptures when the expectant mother goes into labour. The ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ ɪs ᴀ ᴛʜɪɴ, Fʟᴜɪᴅ-Fɪʟʟᴇᴅ sᴀᴄ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sᴜʀʀᴏᴜɴᴅs the foetus during pregnancy and helps to protect it from ɪɴᴊᴜʀʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇɢᴜʟᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴇᴍᴘᴇʀᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ so it can stay warm.
When the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ ʀᴜᴘᴛᴜʀᴇs, this is what is commonly known as your ‘waters ʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ’.
En caul births are more common during C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, but they can also ᴏᴄᴄᴜʀ ɪɴ ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀʟ births. A slight majority of twin births are carried out via C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, potentially explaining this incidence.
The twins were both born healthy and happy, in what staff say was a ’10 out of 10 day’.
Ana said: ‘All the staff enjoyed the delivery: midwives, gynaecologists, paediatricians, ᴀɴᴀᴇsᴛʜᴇsɪᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛs, ɴᴜʀsᴇs, ɴᴜʀsᴇ ᴛᴇᴄʜɴɪᴄɪᴀɴs, caretakers, students and, of course, the mother. And here are the protagonists, small and large. And to leave a memory of this moment, our staff have made a painting for the mother by printing the placentas and it looks beautiful, really.”
He obgyn professional said she hopes this remarkable labour story will inspire others working in healthcare to keep going, as these momentous events can renew passion for the job despite tough times.
She added: ‘To all future doctors, medical students…remember: in all hospitals you can learn a lot. The most important thing is to never lose enthusiasm. A day like today compensates for many others. I will ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛɪʀᴇ of looking at these photos.’