Veiled labor is a fascinating phenomenon that many liken to a birth outside the womb. In fact, there are many cultures that attribute magical properties to this event.
Veiled delivery is a very rare phenomenon and occurs when a baby is born with the amniotic sac intact, that is, without rupturing. This is estimated to only occur in 1 in 80,000 births, and in popular belief it is a symbol of good luck.
The amniotic sac is a fluid-filled sac in which the fetus lodges and completes its development. The usual thing is that at the time of delivery it is torn and what is known as breaking water or breaking water occurs . In veiled labor this does not happen.
From a medical point of view it only has an anecdotal meaning, although it is very striking because it is rare. The baby is born as if it were in a balloon or a bubble filled with water without this having any consequences for its health.
What Causes a Veiled Birth?
The amniotic sac is made of very fine tissue, which is why it most often ruptures when labor begins. Many times the contractions of the uterus cause it to tear. It is then when the liquid comes out and it is said that the mother broke the water .
However, sometimes the amniotic sac ruptures before the contractions appear or does not, even after they have started and progressed. For medicine, veiled childbirth is just a coincidence, a rarity of biology without any implication.
On many occasions it is the doctor or midwife who tears the tissue of the amniotic sac. It is a measure to be taken when labor stops and does not advance. That said, if there is no clinical indication, it is not convenient to break the amniotic sac artificially.
It is important to clarify that a veiled delivery is not the same as a veiled baby. In the latter case, what happens is that a small part of the sac comes off and sticks to the baby’s face or head. Sometimes it even reaches up to the shoulders and chest.