Medical Miracle: Baby Born Still in Amniotic Sac


By: Krystle Crossman

When it is time for a baby to be born there are usually some telltale signs. One of the biggest ones is the mother’s water breaking. This is when the amniotic sac that the baby has been growing in bursts and the heavy labor begins. The baby develops in this fluid-filled sac. It get it’s oxygen through the umbilical cord which is connected to the placenta. The fluid helps the baby to maintain body temperature, oxygen levels, and helps protect it from injury. Once the sac breaks open the baby must come out. When a woman has a C-section the sac will break once the doctors open the mother up. Very rarely does the baby come out of the mother’s womb inside the amniotic sac. In fact, this only happens in one out of every 80,000 births. This is why Silas Philips was so special when he came out of his mother in a fully intact amniotic sac.

Silas’s mother Chelsea had no idea what all of the fuss was about. She was having a C-section and heard commotion but she had no idea her baby was so special. Dr. Binder delivered Silas at Cedars-Sinai in California and said that he had never seen anything like it. He took a few photos of the baby still in the sac before bursting it. You can see the baby curled up in the fetal position and you can make out the tiny hands and feet as well as a head full of hair. You could also see the placenta and the umbilical cord all packed into the sac. In medieval times this was considered to be a sign of good luck.

Even though Silas was born three months prematurely he is doing really well and is expected to be able to go home next month. Actress Jessica Alba commented on the story because her daughter Haven had been born while still in the sac as well, although it burst by itself as soon as the baby was out. She said she remembered the doctor telling her to stop pushing and brought a nurse over to share the excitement with.


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