Mom Gives Birth With Assist From Daughter, 12

After doctor told her she could help deliver baby, Jacee Dellapena 'got up in there'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2017 8:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Let's just say Jacee Dellapena won't be buying any stories about storks because she's knows firsthand where babies come from: The Mississippi 12-year-old can also tell her new little brother all about it because, thanks to a combination of Jacee's precociousness and an indulgent doctor, she helped bring Cayson into the world. It goes like this: Jacee's mom, 34-year-old Dede Carraway, blocked her daughter from the delivery room for the birth of 18-month-old Zayden, so when the new pregnancy was announced, Jacee lobbied early and often to be allowed in. Once there, though, she tells Today, "I started crying because I was too short to see anything. The doctor was like, 'Just go ahead and get some gear on and come help me deliver the baby."

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Say what? "I was like, are you kidding me? Are you being real?" says mom, "but the doctor said, ‘I’m being serious. I’ll guide her hands and everything.' So she got up in there and was suddenly in the middle of everything." Carraway reasons that Jacee had already had sex ed at school, so "there’s no reason why she shouldn’t learn about it at home, too." Cue the proud big sister: "I couldn’t believe it," Jacee says. "It was like, oh my goodness, I just delivered a baby, and it’s my baby brother, and I’m going to tell him when he gets older that I delivered him. I can’t wait." Check out photos over at Today. (Read more child birth stories.)

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