8-Year-Old Delivers Her Own Brother

Krystle Garcia went into labor at home, and baby was in a hurry

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2014 9:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Usually it's your mother threatening that since she brought you into the world she might grant your early exit, but imagine having to add your big sister to that threat? Such is the fate of Joseph James Snyder, who yesterday morning began putting in an appearance two weeks early as mom Krystle Garcia got ready for work, reports WFTS. Daughter Jazmine McEnaney, 8, called 911, telling the operator, "My mom is pregnant and her water just broke. She is in so much pain." Little Joseph was in a big hurry, and with paramedics unlikely to make it in time, Jazmine stepped up to deliver him as the operator coached.

"It was like, kind of hard," Jazmine says of the bathroom floor delivery, and Garcia—who can be heard on the 911 recording saying, "Hold the baby's head, please"—admits she "was hysterical." Jazmine, she says, "definitely stayed calm when she needed to." Just 13 minutes after Jazmine picked up the phone, Joseph was born. He's healthy, and five pounds, 10 ounces. Jazmine "did a very good job," says the proud mom.

Stock photo.   (Shutterstock)
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