Medical Miracle: Baby born with amniotic sac intact

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LOS ANGELES (CNN) - All moms think their babies are extraordinary, but 10-week-old Silas actually is.  When he was born prematurely via C-section at just 26 weeks, his amniotic sac didn't rupture at birth, a true medical rarity.

"It was a moment that really did, even though it's a cliché:  we caught our breath. It really felt like a moment of awe," said Dr. William Binder, a neonatologist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center who helped deliver Silas.

Silas was born in his water bag, with the placenta and umbilical cord still tucked inside.  Until the bag was broken, Silas was still getting oxygen through the placenta.

Dr. Binder snapped the photo with his cell phone before going to work on Silas, born a full three months early.

"It felt like slow-motion but really, realistically, probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac, start helping the baby to begin breathing," he said.

Mom Chelsea Phillips didn't know her firstborn had caused such a stir in the delivery room until hours later when her mom showed her the photo.

"It was definitely like a clear film where you could definitely make out his head and his hair," said Phillips.  "He was kind of in a fetal position and you could see like his arms and his legs curled up. It was actually really cool to see. And when I heard that was actually really rare I was like 'oh my gosh, you're a special little baby."

Doctors say baby Silas is doing well and should be headed home in about a month, right around his due date.

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