Born Under the Caul
While all humans develop inside an amniotic sac, only a rare few are born with part of it enveloping their face. These membranous veils protect us in utero, but what does it mean when a newborn is covered in one at birth? In this episode of Stuff To Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore what a birth caul is and the many superstitions and omens attached to their presence.
How Childbirth Works (HowStuffWorks)
What's a birth caul, and why are people superstitious about it? (HowStuffWorks)
Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Babies and Toddlers (video version)
In Defense of the Amniotic Sac (Midwife Thinking)
"The Birth Caul" by Alan Moore