According to Fit Pregnancy, in 2011, only 1 baby out of 80,000 arrives in its amniotic sac. But Ean Jamal Jr. ("EJ") decide to make an even grander entrance — by being born in his mom's car too. The odds on a car birth? Just 6,600 babies a year. So kudos on the impressive (and double-rare) arrival, EJ!
EJ's mother, Raelin Scurry, thought she was having Braxton Hicks contractions at 29 weeks pregnant. But the contractions wouldn't ease up, and 45 minutes of unrelenting pain convinced her and her fiancé, Ean Vanstory, to bolt to the car and drive to the hospital.
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
One little hitch: EJ wasn't about to wait. Fourteen minutes into their drive, Scurry gave birth to a teeny-tiny preemie — EJ was just 3 pounds, 1 ounce (smaller than some kittens).
The Pittsburgh mom posted the harrowing story of EJ's birth to Instagram on Aug. 24.
"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,” she said. Scurry then passed the phone to Vanstory and took matters into her own hands.
“I pulled my pants off and reached down and sure enough his head was right there,” she said.
Scurry (a total and complete rock star in our book) gave one more push before EJ slipped out completely in the front seat of the car. She was shocked to see that EJ was en caul — the phrase for a child born while still within an intact amniotic sac (during most vaginal births, the membrane is torn or ruptured).
The pictures that Scurry has posted on Instagram of her amazing baby boy — in the car and in the NICU — have knocked us out.
“At first the baby was still and all I do was pray he would be okay,” Scurry wrote. “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.”
Turns out the caul had a very significant purpose in this preemie's birth.
Scurry explained to Us Weekly that the caul may in fact have saved EJ's life.
“It was a relief,” she said. “I knew his lungs wouldn’t be mature enough to breathe on his own.”
The experience was terrifying, but fortunately EJ is doing beautifully in the NICU, and now weighs almost 4 pounds, 4 ounces. He'll join his sister, Amya, 5, very soon. (And Amya will no doubt get very sick of her brother's super-cool birth story in no time at all.)
“He is doing amazing,” Scurry told Us Weekly. “He’ll come home closer to his October due date.”
We're thinking Scurry and Vanstory should brace themselves for a life of excitement with EJ. This little guy definitely does things on his own time and in his own way.
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