12-Year-Old Boy Delivers His Baby BrotherMonica Bielanko
He snuck out of bed to watch TV and ended up delivering his baby brother instead.
12-year-old Gaelan Edwards was watching TV early Saturday morning when he heard his mom call for help.
Danielle Edwards, 30, tells the Times Colonist she woke up and the baby’s head was already crowning. “I didn’t go through any of the preliminary labor pains,” she said. “None of it.”
That’s the kind of labor I want!
Edwards couldn’t walk or reach the phone so she called out to her oldest son who couldn’t believe what was happening.
“I said, ‘Gaelan, when I push next, I need you to grab the baby by the shoulders and I need you to pull him out.’ And he — just like by instinct, I couldn’t even believe it — grabbed the baby by the shoulders, with the head on his wrist, and eased him out, kind of wriggled him from side to side, and pulled him onto the bed.”
The amazing boy grabbed scissors and a twist-tie from the kitchen. clamped the cord, cut it and helped deliver the placenta.
Something tells me medical school is in this kid’s future.
Once his baby brother was safe, Gaelan called for help and Danielle and the baby were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced to be in perfect health.
Gaelan apparently learned everything from watching television and reading medical books that his mother owns. Danielle says her son has always been a big reader and expresses curiosity about how things work.
“We have a very blunt and honest family,” she said. “So they ask me questions and I answer them.”
Even so, she’s shocked her son was able to deliver his brother so calmly and in such a professional manner.
“He’s just this amazing little guy,” she said.
Thanks to Jezebel.com for the heads up on this great story.