One in 80,000 babies is born in its amniotic sac. And giving birth in a car is extremely rare. Fit Pregnancy reported in 2011 that just 6,600 children were born while their mothers were in transit). So that makes Raelin Scurry’s story very, very special.
At 29 weeks pregnant, Scurry felt what she thought were Braxton Hicks contractions, but after 45 minutes of intense consistent pain she and her fiance, Ean Vanstory, decided it was time to head to the hospital.
Fourteen minutes later, Scurry and Vanstory, 24, welcomed a 3 pound, 1 ounce baby boy in the front seat of their vehicle.
“I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn’t understand me between the screams with contractions,” the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based mom wrote in an August 24 Instagram post. That’s when Scurry handed the phone over to Vanstory. “I pulled my pants off and reached down and sure enough his head was right there,” she shared.
Our birth story! ❤ The human body is truly an amazing thing. 8.5.2017 at about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in. I there in some clothes. Grabbed my daughter some clothes, her my fiance And I left for the hospital. I dropped my daughter to her God mommy Nicole And headed to the hospital. Well the contractions continued to get closer together and more intense and before I knew it I knew it was time to push. I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn't understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving. I was so scared. My Fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. At first the baby was still and all I could do was pray he would be okay. And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby. He was born an caul. This happens 1 in every 80,000 births. Usually during c-section. He was 3lb 1oz. He doing wonderful all things considered all He went through I know he's going to be an awesome little man! ❤ he is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents. #encaul #encaulbirth #carbirth #miriclebaby
Scurry pushed one time before Ean Jamal Jr. was born. Here’s where it gets even more incredible: When the research assistant looked down she realized her son was en caul — a term given to babies born still encased in the amniotic sac. During most vaginal births, the membrane ruptures.
“At first the baby was still and all I do was pray he would be okay,” Scurry wrote. “And then I rubbed his face with my thumb and he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face as if he understood my prayers and wanted to reassure us he was okay.”
Scurry tells Us Weekly that Ean “EJ” being born en caul was a blessing. “It was a relief,” she tells Us. “I knew his lungs wouldn’t be mature enough to breathe on his own.”
EJ, who now weighs 4 pounds and nearly 4 ounces, will join his sister, Amya, 5, in a few weeks. “He is doing amazing in the NICU,” Scurry tells Us. “He’ll come home closer to his October due date.”
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