Doctor Allows 12-Year-Old Girl Help Deliver Baby Brother

June 10, 2017
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Not only was 12-year-old Jacee Dellapena in the hospital birthing room while her brother was born, she actually helped deliver him.

The seventh-grader from Brandon, Mississippi, physically assisted bring her baby brother into the world on Tuesday. She also got to cut his umbilical cord!

Jacee just wanted to get a good spot in the delivery room, but her Mom was lying on a table that had been propped up too high for her to see much.

I started crying because I was too short to see anything,” she told TODAY. “The doctor was like, ‘Just go ahead and get some gear on and come help me deliver the baby.’”

“I was like, are you kidding me? Are you being real?” 

The suggestion also came as a surprise to her mom, Dede Carraway, 34.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, what? Uh, no. Never in a million years. But the doctor said, ‘I’m being serious. I’ll guide her hands and everything,’” Carraway said. “So she got up in there and was suddenly in the middle of everything.”

Carraway said she felt confident that her daughter was mature enough to handle the more graphic parts of the birth.

She’s already had sex ed at school. I didn’t see no reason why she shouldn’t be there,” she said. “I don’t hide anything from her. I think that the human body is natural and if she learned about it at school, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t learn about it at home, too.”

Jacee said that she had no problem with everything she saw or experienced, but admits she did feel anxious the entire time.

“I was a nervous wreck. I was nervous and shocked at the same time,” she said. “I was scared I was going to mess up or do something wrong because there are plenty of things you can do wrong.”

Jacee’s role in the delivery was captured in photographs taken by her stepfather, and the baby’s father, Zach Carraway.

I want people to know that Zach was in the room, too,” his wife said. “He gave up a lot of his special bonding time with the baby and gave it to Jacee.”

Carraway said they both felt it was really worth it, knowing what an amazing big sister Jacee has been.
“She’s like a little parent,” she said.

Jacee said that she can’t imagine ever shaking the excitement she felt earlier this week at her brother’s birth.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “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.”

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