The amazing birth of Mateja. Her mom’s water birth in a Yurt was calm and quiet. Little Mateja came in to the world still snuggled in her amniotic sac ( caul ). She was happily welcomed by her mom and dad and her 3 big brothers.
What is a Caul?
The birth caul or veil is a full face mask which may be sometimes found covering the face of a child at birth. Such births are quite rare, and they hold special significance for the child born in such a manner. There are many stories and myths about the caul, many of them erroneous. This site is provided to give some insight to those who are born with a caul, and to further promote public knowledge of the phenomenon.
The correct name for those who are born with a caul is a Caulbearer. Such people are often referred to as being born behind the veil, as the caul is also referred to as the veil in many cultures, due to it being a face covering or mask.
It should be noted that Caulbearers may be male or female, and may come from any social class, racial or religious group. There are no geographical boundaries to the phenomenon. However, it has been observed that caul births do have tendencies to run in family bloodlines. Sometimes, but quite rarely, more than one member of a family, usually a parent and child, may be born with a caul.
It has been calculated that Caulbearer births may be as few as one in eight hundred thousand births. However, this does not necessarily mean that there will be one such birth in every eight hundred thousand births in a particular area.