A tween girl keen to be present at the birth of her baby brother got a little more than she’d bargained for when she actually helped bring her sibling into the world.
Front row seat
Mississippi 12-year-old Jacee Dellapena had hoped to see her 18-month-old brother delivered, but things didn’t go according to plan. When her mum fell pregnant with another new little person, she was lobbying for a spot in the delivery room from the get-go.
While some parents might baulk at the idea of having their kids in the delivery room, mum Dede felt that her daughter was more than prepared to be present at the birth alongside her husband – and Jacee’s stepfather – Zach.
“She’s already had sex ed at school. I didn’t see no reason why she shouldn’t be there,” Dede told Today.
“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.”
When the time came, Dede’s doctor suggested that Jacee assist a little more closely than had originally been planned, after some unforeseen visibility issues left the young lady in tears.
“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,’”Jacee said. “I was like, are you kidding me? Are you being real?”
Mum Dede was caught completely unawares by this turn of events. Interestingly she didn’t rip the doctor’s head off, as late-labouring mums are sometimes wont to do, but rather rolled with it – and is now very glad she did.
“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.’ She got up in there and was suddenly in the middle of everything.”
“It’s my baby brother!”
Jacee said that nothing about the birth phased her – except for the prospect of accidentally making a mistake.
“I was a nervous wreck. I was nervous and shocked at the same time. I was scared I was going to mess up or do something wrong because there are plenty of things you can do wrong.”
Suffice to say that the seventh grader was beautifully supported as she helped her mum birth baby Cayson. Nothing went wrong and Jacee even cut the cord.
“I couldn’t believe it. 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!” Jacee told a reporter from Today.
“Best birds and bees talk, ever!”
Commenters on the internet had a lot of big feelings about Jacee’s amazing delivery room handiwork.
“Maybe if more 12-year-old girls helped deliver babies they might think twice about having babies so young,” one wrote.
“She looks very mature and capable of experiencing such beauty. We shouldn’t shield our children from things so amazing. I know she will do phenomenally in life,” a follower posted.
“Best birds and the bees talk ever! But seriously, life is beautiful what a cool experience that she will cherish forever!” another said.
We couldn’t agree more.
Congratulations to this family on their new arrival!