While each new life on Earth is miraculous in its own way, there are some babies and deliveries so out-of-the ordinary that even doctors feel the need to document the event. This was the case of Silas Phillips, a premature baby who blissfully came into the world without actually going through the somewhat traumatic experience that the birth process represents.
Silas was born via C-section in California, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and what makes him so unique is the fact that baby Silas was still peacefully sleeping in fetal position inside the amniotic sac (the intact amniotic sac) he was delivered in. While his arms ant tiny legs were clearly visible through the amniotic sac’s transparency, baby Silas had no idea that he was no longer inside his mother’s womb.
Until the moment when doctors broke the amniotic sac inside which Silas was still sleeping in, the baby still received oxygen and nutrient-filled blood through his umbilical cord. Several photographs captured sweet Silas with his hands pressing against the clear, translucent sac.
Doctors explain that such births are extremely rare occurrences, as the amniotic sac normally breaks during birth. It is formed by a rather tough membrane which fills up with amniotic fluid as the pregnancy progresses, allowing the baby to be warm and protected inside his mother’s womb. During Cesarean sections, the amniotic sac is most often cut into, however, in rare cases, the babies are born “en caul”.
“It really felt like a moment of awe… and one that will stick in my moment for some time.”
Dr. William Binder, the neonatologist in charge of delivering Silas said when describing the moment of Silas’s birth.
According to a statement released by Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the entire medical team was surprised when Silas “popped” out of the womb enclosed in his amniotic sac. They then only had a limited amount of time to ensure that the baby is taken out of the sac, so Dr. Binder proceeded to puncture the amniotic membrane with his fingers.
Silas was born at 26 weeks, a particularly young age. However, despite being premature, the baby is making tremendous progress and doctors believe that soon, Silas will be able to leave the hospital with his parents.
Chelsea Phillips, Silas’ mother, wasn’t aware of the fact that her baby had become news material:
“And when I heard that was actually really rare I was like ‘oh my gosh you’re a special little baby’.”