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What Is Mermaid Birth? Spanish Twins Have One In 80,000 Rare Birth

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A Spanish twin birth has been making headlines for its rare nature. The two kids were born after a cesarean section operation on the mother. The babies came out of the mother’s womb wrapped in a sac. The wrapping found on the babies is called the amniotic sac. It almost always ruptures after the water breaks in a mother’s womb and hence the Spanish twin birth was a one in 80,000 rare occurrence of a mermaid birth.

The birth of the twins took place in Valencia, Spain. The doctor who did the surgery gladly posted about it on her social media handle. Ob-Gyn Ana Teijelo wrote, “The first veiled cesarean section I’ve seen and I loved it, and I’m not telling the students anything (although I admit that I’m the one screaming). Teijelo also posted the pictures of the twins with the permission of their parents.

What is mermaid birth?

During a mermaid birth, the baby is delivered in a wrapped in a soft bubble, making it look like a gift wrapping. It is also called veiled birth or en caul birth. As per several experts, this kind of birth takes place only in one in 80,000 times.

The wrapping around the baby, babies in this Spanish twins’s case, is called amniotic sac which is made of two layers of membrane filled with amniotic fluid. This is the same fluid in which the baby floats around during the entire pregnancy. This amniotic sac ruptures when a pregnant womans’s water breaks before she goes into labour. It rarely happens that a woman goes into labour without her water breaking and in those cases, the baby is delivered fully or partially covered in amniotic sac. It is called mermaid birth.


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Due to this sac, the baby stays safe and protective during and after birth. Whatever they need as a newborn is found in the sac. After delivering, the amniotic sac is carefully removed by the doctor. As per several reports, many babies have themselves been seen slowly breaking open the sac they are covered in. A baby needs more care if it is born with the outer membrane still intact around its body.