What Is An En Caul Baby And The Myths Realted To It

When it comes to pregnancy, women are often more concerned about the end of it. For some pregnant women, it could be very overwhelming, especially seen in the case of first-time mothers. They are loaded up with a ton of questions and often seek guidance from their gynecologists or their elders or a friend who has had a recent experience in childbirth.

The thing that gets them worked up is mostly about how painful the labor is going to be, or will they be able to take the pain during the process of childbirth, or whether or not their they will have a healthy child. Mothers do gather enough strength for the delivery but if their child’s safety is in question, and then nothing can probably calm her down.

Many of these concerns cover a topic about the complications about an En Caul baby birth. For those who aren’t aware of this situation, let me tell you what an En Caul is. A caul literally means helmeted head is taken from the Latin word Caput galeatum. The caul is a piece of membrane that covers up the newborns’ head and face. While the chances of this are very rare the probability is 1 in every 80,000 births, it is still a matter of concern for many mothers out there. But, according to the doctors, the caul is completely harmless to the child and is immediately removed by the surgeon or the midwife after the delivery of the child.

Since an En Caul baby is very rare there are naturally a number caul birth myths and superstitions prevailing in the society. And these superstitions do not have any boundaries as they are spread wide across the globe. Below are a few myths that are heard around the world:

  • It is often said that in the ancient days, Roman midwives would steal the caul and sell it to the lawyers who believed the caul would help them in winning cases. This superstition has spread across Iceland, Denmark, and England.
  • Some cultures believe that this particular piece of the membrane had the power to cure malaria and hence people would keep it.
  • It was also believed that keeping a caul under a dying person’s bed would make his passing much easier in the country of Dalmatia.
  • In Belgium, there was a popular belief about the caul that would make the baby special only if the caul was buried in the fields. And to top it all the coal miners would ward off fires and explosions.
  • In some traditions, it is also believed that babies born with a caul are very lucky and are absolutely immune to drowning.

These are a few superstitions that are famous around the world. But, to sum it all the children that are born with a caul are considered to be very lucky. But, according to science although this is a very rare condition, the baby is completely normal and there is nothing to be worried about.

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