The award-winning birth photographer at Birth Blessings Photography & Childbirth Services Robin Baker was recently hired to capture photos of a home birth in action. The parents, have already experienced home birthing when they welcomed their first child, that is why they decided to document the second home birth, this time not with one child but twins – a precious boy and girl. But nothing prepared the parents and the photographer for what happened next.
Not only giving birth to twins at home is rarely done, but for any baby to be born ” en caul” or inside the amniotic sac is also considered exceptionally rare. This magical event happened when the second baby arrived. The amniotic sac provides the baby with a constant supply of nutrients, as well as serving as a cushion of protection from any bumps that might occur from the outside world. As the baby grows inside the protective membrane of his or her mother’s amniotic sac, it typically bursts naturally, causing the mother’s water to break.
Incredibly, the parents were completely alone throughout the birth as the labor happened too quickly for the OB-GYN and his team to assist them. They had 30 minutes of bonding time with Baby A before Baby B made his way into his father’s hands still en caul. The medical team arrived shortly after the birth to assist with the arrival of the placentas, all captured in Baker’s stunning photographs.
After learning they were pregnant for a second time, this time with twins, a California couple decided to document their second home birth.
30 minutes after Baby A was born, Baby B came along en caul. “En caul” means the baby was born still inside the amniotic sac, which is where the fetus develops.
These stunning photos were captured by Robin Baker, an award-winning birth photographer and doula based out of Temecula, California. Robin and her husband have four children of their own.
Typically, the sac bursts when a woman goes into labor, releasing amniotic fluid. No one had any idea that Baby B would arrive completely en caul until he was crowning!
Calmly and gently, Mom punctured the amnionic sac using her fingernail. Dad was right there to make sure everything went smoothly.
“Since so many twins are born in the operating room, this birth was very special!” Robin Baker told Buzzfeed.