You’re right! There’s no medical need to break the water artificially. Sometimes it might be decided that a baby isn’t tolerating labor very well and would be better off outside the womb, so some kind of labor-speeding agent needs to be used. In the situation where breaking the water would actually help speed labor, it might be a better decision to use that rather than a medication like Pitocin, but in a healthy birth with no issues, there’s absolutely no reason to break the bag.
Some people say that babies born “en caul,” or still in the amniotic sac, will be prophets, but I like to think that they will be midwives. Below the cut are photos of babies being born in the caul – NSFW-ish graphic photos of birth.
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