A baby has been born still inside of its amniotic sac, an incredible video has shown.
The newborn was delivered by C-section at 36 weeks while still floating in his protective balloon.
The unnamed tot was born "en caul" – meaning the sac protecting him didn't burst as it should when he was delivered.
In the clip, the sac begins to exit the woman's body seeing the baby move feet first.
Once the baby's body had entirely left the womb, doctors were then faced with the challenge of gently pulling the babies head out.
As a nurse pulled the woman's incision open, the doctor was able to free the baby.
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The baby remained in his amniotic sac, curled up and without any knowledge of having been born.
It wasn't until two minutes after his birth that the baby took his first breath once medics had pierced the amniotic membrane.
The amniotic sac is filled with fluid that cushions the baby in the womb and helps the lungs, digestive system and musculoskeletal system.
During labour, the sac should burst and drain out, which is commonly referred to your waters breaking.
But in around one in every 100,000 cases, that doesn't happen.
The boy was born at the Fujian Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital in Fuzhou, East China on July 16.
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His 36-year-old mum had undergone IVF after struggling to conceive for eight years after getting married.
But just weeks before her due date, the unnamed mum began complaining of stomach pain and vaginal bleeding.
Dr Pan Mian, the obstetrician who delivered the boy, discovered he was in the breech position – bottom first.
And medics found the baby boy also had a condition known as velamentous cord insertion, where the umbilical cord doesn't attach in the centre of the placenta, instead of travelling through the membrane and potentially causing complications including rupturing the cord's blood vessels.
As a result, Dr Pan decided to perform a C-section, and deliver the newborn "en caul".
Dr Pan said: "Newborns usually cry shortly after being born as their respiratory system is introduced to the new surroundings.
"But when this boy was born, still in his amniotic sac, it was as if he were still in his mum's womb.
"It was not until doctors opened the membrane and cleared the amniotic fluid from his respiratory system that he began to cry – a full two minutes later than normal babies.
"We opted for this procedure because preterm babies are weaker than full-term babies.
"As premature births are among the main reasons for infant mortality, an en caul birth allows the newborn to be delivered inside the same protective membrane.
"This reduces moisture loss on the skin, avoids rapid temperature loss after preterm birth, and decreases the risk of the infant being harmed during a C-section.
"Even if an en caul delivery were unsuccessful, the baby could then be delivered via a traditional C-section, so it's just one more option to have."
According to reports, the boy was the first child on record to be born en caul in the city of Fuzhou.
Medics studied how to carry out the procedure and put their new skills to good use.
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