posted on Jul, 3 2005 @ 09:11 AM
First, the clinical side:
When the amniotic sac has not ruptured during labour or pushing, the infant can be born with the membranes intact. This is referred to as "being born
in the caul." The caul is harmless and easily wiped away by the doctor or person assisting with the childbirth. In medieval times, a caul was seen as
a sign of good fortune for the baby, in some cultures was seen as protection against drowning, and the caul was often impressed onto paper and stored
away as an heirloom for the child. With the advent of modern interventive obstetrics, premature artificial rupture of the membranes has become common
and it is rare for infants to be born in the caul in Western births.
There are so many mystical "explanations" for caul births.....here's just a few links I found:
Info on birth superstitions
MSN groups message about cauls
As with everything....be a careful investigator. Much of what we're led to believe by superstition has no basis in reality.
Of course, that also means that there might be truth to some theories...