One of the greatest events in a mother's life is to give birth, but witnessing a birth must also be very special. It makes it even more special when the baby being delivered is your little brother.
The photos of the girl pictured below in the delivery room went viral, and you can see why. The emotion and excitement are evident in her face. The little girl, Jacee, accompanied her pregnant mother Dede Carraway when she was about to give birth. Everyone knew Jacee would be there during the birth, but then the doctor asked her a question that shocked them all.
The doctor offered the experience of a lifetime
According to Huffington Post, Jacee was upset because she was too short to see what was going on during the birth. So, the doctor asked her if she would like to help him deliver the child.
According to a Facebook post from Love What Matters, the doctor said, "Jacee, why don't you suit up and come deliver the baby." She was so excited and nervous to be a part of this incredible experience.
The doctor then let Jacee deliver her baby brother (with some help, of course) and she had the honor of cutting the umbilical cord.
According to Today, her mom was a little nervous about letting her daughter deliver the baby. She said, "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.' So she got up in there and was suddenly in the middle of everything."
Jacee loved this experience, and is so excited to share it with her brother when he's old enough to understand.
Children show great strength
For most people, a delivery room does not seem like a suitable place for a young child. However, it's important to remember what lesson is being taught in delivery rooms. By allowing children to discover the miracle of life in person, the experience can be touching for the family and child.
My five year-old daughter asks to watch the video from when she was born, and I am so glad I have it recorded. She gets emotional when she sees it because she's happy we received her with so much love. The taboo about pregnancy and childbirth is in our minds - children can handle a lot more than we give them credit for.
Young Jacee has since decided she wants to be an obstetrician because she wants to help mothers bring children into the world. Undoubtedly, this experience has made a mark on the rest of her life.
Would you let your child witness a live birth?
This article was adapted and translated from the original "Niña de 12 años hace algo inesperado en la sala de partos luego de la inesperada pregunta del médico" which was originally published on familias.com.