I’ve heard a few “baby born in the car” stories, but this one might top them all. When a Pennsylvania mom went into early labor, herfiance rushed to get her to the hospital. The baby refused to wait and was born only minutes from the hospital. But to make this unique birth story even more incredible, the newborn was born en caul, with his amniotic sac completely intact.
Raelin Scurry was 29 weeks pregnant when she started having contractions. After realizing the cramps she was experiencing weren’t Braxton Hicks, Scurry and her fiance, Ean Vanstory headed to the hospital only 15 minutes away. After the couple dropped off their daughter with a friend, things started to get crazy. Scurry described the scene on Facebook.
“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.”
Scurry handed the phone to her fiance so she could take off her pants.
“I reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was born.”
It was only then that Scurry realized her son was still in his intact amniotic sac. En caul births are very rare, happening in only one of 80,000 births. Scurry credits the en caul birth with saving her son’s life.
The 911 dispatcher told the couple to pull over and stop driving, but since they were only a minute from the hospital they continued on. When they arrived, Vanstory ran into the hospital to get help while Scurry sat in the car, holding the baby against her. “I was so scared. 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 through the sac 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.”
When Vanstory came back with help, he snapped an incredible image of his newborn son.
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Ean Jamal Vanstory Jr. was 3-pounds, 1-ounce at birth, and despite the dramatic entrance, is doing well in the NICU. Scurry told CafeMom that Ean Jr’s doctors are amazing at his progress. “The NICU journey is rough at times not having him home with us, but we just try to look at it from the positive perspective, as he’s not supposed to be here yet anyway. We’ll have him home before we know it.”
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(Image: Facebook / @raelin.scurry)