A 12-year-old sister was allowed to deliver her baby brother, and the entire thing was captured on camera.
The delivery of new life in this world is the biggest miracle we can ever witness. The experience is just unbelievable, a mixture of fear, pain, love, confusion, and extreme joy.
Every birth story is unique, and the one that happened several years ago in Mississippi is surely something special!
Back in June 2017, Jacee Dellapena was about to become a big sister for the first time. Yet, there was a little problem- she was too short to see much, and she was worried she wouldn’t be able to witness the birth of her brother.
With permission from her mother, the doctor let the 12-year-old girl assist him.
She later explained:
“I was nervous I was going to mess up… but it was the best moment of my life. He let me actually push down and pull the baby out… I was like, wow, like I’ve played fake doctor before, but this is, like, the real thing, this is the real deal.”
The brave sister even cut the umbilical cord with the help of the doctor! The little baby brother Cayson Carraway was born at 7 lbs 6 oz.
A friend of the family, Nikki Smith, caught the moment on camera and posted the photos on Facebook. Until the present day, they have been shared more than 337K times!
The post has garnered over 44K comments, and while most of the reactions were positive, some did not agree with the doctor’s decision to let Jacee be a part of the procedure.
They were worried about two things, the safety of the baby and the possible emotional and mental impact of the whole experience on Jacee.
However, Nikki maintained that this was a special moment for the two siblings, as well as the whole family:
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with allowing her daughter to witness this beautiful moment. It’s not for everyone but Jacee was a rockstar and helped deliver a newborn!”
One thing is for sure, the “beautiful moment” was the beginning of a bond that will last forever! The moment a woman gives birth is the most important in her life, and every story is significant, heartwarming, and inspiring.
Here are several more birth stories from women around the globe:
Sophie, 31, from London
When she was 20, Sophie had a job as a receptionist while she saved money for university. She had no plans to have a baby, but suddenly she found out she was six months pregnant.
She wasn’t prepared and had no support from her or her husband’s family. Yet, her boss told her to relax, as things will be just fine.
When she felt the first contractions, she thought it was just a false alarm. Yet, she quickly figured out it wasn’t and went to the birthing center.
At first, the midwife said that she wasn’t dilated enough and need to go back home. However, the situation developed very rapidly, and her contractions began coming in an interval of three minutes.
Her husband went to buy them kebabs, and shortly after the meal, she felt like she had to use the toilet. As it turned out, her baby was ready to come to this world. She pushed for 27 minutes and gave birth to a baby girl.
Nimishi, 30, from Mumbai
Nimishi wanted a natural birth, and there was no possibility of using a midwife in Mumbai at that time. She and her husband flew 800 miles to a natural birthing center in Kerala when she was 36 weeks pregnant.
She was diagnosed with gestational diabetes on the second day there. The efforts to control her insulin levels failed, so she knew that she would have to give birth in a hospital.
When her water broke, she was in labor for three days, and as the meconium in her discharge became quite green, she was told she would have to do a cesarean section. After a one-hour drive to the hospital, in pain, she laid on the operating table while 30 to 40 students watched.
She gave birth to a sweet boy and is still determined to deliver her next child at a birthing center.
Leslie, 29, from America
Leslie did not have a good family life. When she was 14, she wanted to find a committed relationship to leave her family home, so she got pregnant. She was homeless at the time, so she was put in a maternity home when the courts found out about the situation.
When she was at her cousin’s softball game, she realized she was in labor. The doctors at the hospital told her that, in fact, she had been in labor during the past three days. She didn’t want to have an epidural, but, the nurses and doctors insisted and did that anyway.
The baby was adopted by her aunt after birth.
For the next two births, she felt equally out of control, so when she was pregnant with her fourth child, she decided to give birth at home with her husband. They had done all the research and they were ready. Regardless of that, just like in the case with her second and third child, the government took their baby after birth.
She gave birth to her fifth child in a tent in a Texas park. Even though she had unusual contractions, the two of them didn’t call an ambulance, because they were afraid that the baby might be taken away from them again. Her husband helped her give birth right on the spot.
Anita, 38, from Ghana
Anita’s mother used to be a midwife, so when Anita was getting ready to have her second child, she went to be with her. When the time came, her mother took her to the hospital and then returned home to take some things for Anita.
All of the sudden, before the pushing began, the midwife told Anita to cross her legs because she had to go somewhere, and didn’t give a further explanation at all. Anita held as long as it was possible, but eventually, she had to scream to the janitor outside to get the midwife because it was not possible to wait anymore.
The midwife got back, Anita opened her legs, her water broke, she pushed hard, and she gave birth to a little girl.
Sima, 42, from London
Sima wanted to have a cesarean section. Not content with that decision, her midwife and consultant tried to change her mind. Yet, she was determined, as she made that choice because she had a traumatic birthing experience with her first child three years prior.
Two weeks past her due date, she was induced, but the baby reacted poorly to the drugs. Her daughter’s heart rate crashed three times and in the end, she had to have an emergency cesarean.
Therefore, she booked her cesarean for the second baby five weeks before the birth. She was entirely calm and even excited on the way to the hospital.
She was allowed to choose the music she wanted to listen to in the operating room. After 15 minutes from the start of the procedure, with no trauma and stress, the baby girl was pulled out to the song Tears Dry on Their Own by Amy Winehouse.