A stunned dad has captured remarkable images of the moment his baby daughter was born, with her ʜᴇᴀᴅ still ᴇɴᴄᴀsᴇᴅ in her ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ. Typically this sᴀᴄ, which is connected to the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ and ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇs ɪɴғᴀɴᴛs with ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ, ʙᴜʀsᴛs on its own, which is known as ‘ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀs ʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ’. Yet, the sᴀᴄ that surrounded Annabelle’s ʜᴇᴀᴅ did not rupture, even after ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs made an ɪɴᴄɪsɪᴏɴ into the ᴍᴇᴍʙʀᴀɴᴇ as they delivered the ɪɴғᴀɴᴛ ᴠɪᴀ ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.
The couple Rachael, 23, and Nate Burow, 29, from Buffalo, New York. Nate, a digital optimisation specialist from Buffalo recalled: “Everything happened so fast. Rachael couldn’t see what was going on because she was behind a curtain and a ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴅʀᴜɢɢᴇᴅ up, but I was on the other side watching the operation. As they started pulling things out of her sᴛᴏᴍᴀᴄʜ this ʙᴜʙʙʟᴇ comes out, and at first I thought it was part of her insides. I knew it was weird because I had watched the C-section for my son 17 months earlier and I didn’t see that. All of the nurses that were around helping the ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ were getting excited and pointing at it, but I was confused and I didn’t know what I was looking at. I got a little scared because I couldn’t tell if the nurses were reacting to something bad or good, so I looked over and was like, ‘Oh my God, is everything OK?’ ” He said one of the nurses then told him, ‘Quick, take a picture,’ as his daughter was born with her ʜᴇᴀᴅ in her ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ.
He added:” I pulled out the camera and snapped a few photos. After that I went back with Rachael. I could tell she was out of it and wanted to reassure her. There was a lot of pushing and tugging and then she was out, just like that. I’m not sure if they sliced it open or pulled it over her. I’m so happy that I got the moment on camera.” The youngster was born, weighing 8lbs 5oz, with a ᴄᴀᴜʟ – meaning the ғʟᴜɪᴅ-ғɪʟʟᴇᴅ ʙᴀɢ containing her in her mum Rachael’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ was still in tact. Now, the couple are celebrating Annabelle’s healthy arrival, and say the fact she was born with a ᴄᴀᴜʟ is the ‘cherry on top’. Nate said:” We are so happy to have her with us now and that was just the cherry on top.”
Mom Rachael has shared the amazing photos on her Instagram page, @astoldbymama, where she documents her journey through motherhood with Annabelle and her 17-month-old son Isaiah. The mum said: “My ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ said this is super rare and it was definitely a surprise for us. I was taken aback when I saw the photos. It is completely amazing.”