Mom and baby are both healthy after he is born in car at 29 weeks
Every mother has a story about the day their child was born. Some babies arrive exactly as planned and others, well, others have their own way of making a grand entrance. One mom in Pennsylvania is thankful her son was born en caul – inside a still-intact amniotic sac – because it just may be what saved his life.
Raelin Scurry’s second child, Ean Jamal Vanstory Jr. (EJ), was not born according to plan. She began having contractions on August 5th, but her baby boy wasn’t due until Oct. 18th. “I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in,” Scurry shared on Instagram.
Our birth story! ❤ The human body is truly an amazing thing. 8.5.2017 at about 10am I started having contractions. I was only 29 weeks and 4 days so I just figured they were Braxton hicks and decided to wait it out. After about 45 minutes of consistent contractions that were increasing in intensity I decided I should probably go in. I there in some clothes. Grabbed my daughter some clothes, her my fiance And I left for the hospital. I dropped my daughter to her God mommy Nicole And headed to the hospital. Well 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. So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realized he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac. The dispatcher told us to pull over. But I knew we would make it to the hospital before they would make it to us. So I told Ean to keep driving. I was so scared. My Fiance was so calm driving and on the phone with 911. 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 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. About 7 minutes passed that I held this miracle baby in my hands until we made it to the hospital. A familiar face came running out and grabbed my baby. He was born an caul. This happens 1 in every 80,000 births. Usually during c-section. He was 3lb 1oz. He doing wonderful all things considered all He went through I know he's going to be an awesome little man! ❤ he is truly a miracle baby. We are so blessed to be his parents. #encaul #encaulbirth #carbirth #miriclebaby
It was there she shared his birth story along with a picture of his birth and they are a true miracle, indeed. Scurry and her fiancé, Ean Vanstory Sr., shared that they decided to drop their five-year-old daughter, Amya, at her godmother’s house to make the 15-minute drive to the hospital. “We dropped her off six minutes before he came,” Scurry told Scary Mommy.
As they drove, Scurry’s contractions started getting stronger and get closer together, and she knew she needed to push. “I called 911 because I was so scared,” Scurry wrote. “They couldn’t understand me between the screams with contractions. So I handed the phone to my fiance. I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there.”
Scurry said she pushed once and her “miracle baby was here.”
Though EJ was born prematurely, Scurry told us that she managed to remain calm because he was still in his sac. “I knew had he not been born en caul he probably wouldn’t have made it because his lungs were too immature for him to breath on his own,” she said.
Scurry told her fiancé to keep driving to the hospital, all the time praying her son would be ok. She said she rubbed his face “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,” she shared on Instagram.
Seven minutes later, they arrived at the hospital. The expecting staff whisked EJ away to the NICU to assess his condition. “He was 3lb 1oz.,” the new mom wrote. “He doing wonderful all things considered.”
Scurry was induced with daughter Amya at 39 weeks, so EJ’s early arrival was definitely unexpected. “He’s doing very well,” she explained. “Still in the NICU but he is making phenomenal progress.”
Congratulations to this beautiful family on the birth of little EJ. Here’s hoping diaper changes are as exciting as things get for a while.