Some siblings are lucky enough to grow close over the years, but 12-year-old Jacee Dellapena and her brand new brother got a jumpstart in their sibling solidarity.
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Jacee wanted to see the delivery first hand, so she scrubbed up and waited with her dad while her mom Dede began working through labor pains. Just at the last moment, Dede’s doctor turned to Jacee and asked if she’d like to assist in delivery. Much to Dede’s surprise, Jacee jumped at the chance.
Check out her amazing, first hand account in the story below.
Jacee wanted to attend Zadyn’s birth 18 months ago but we felt she was too young to attend. So this pregnancy her dad and I discussed it and decided it might be a good learning experience for her!
Jacee came to the hospital with my husband Zack and I, around Noon. I received an epidural and made it through the next 8 hours with little to no pain. Around 8 PM the epidural wasn’t working so well, but I was able to start pushing.
They converted my bed and Jacee was so upset because she is so short… she thought she wasn’t going to be able to see the delivery over the bed.
My doctor, Dr. Walter Wolfe then suggested, ‘Jacee why don’t you suit up and come deliver the baby.’ I was in shock! I told her as long as Zack doesn’t care go ahead and he said ‘go for it Jacee!’
She got suited up for delivery. Although the pain from the contractions and the pushing hurt me so bad, watching Jacee’s expressions on her face were like no other.
Concentrating on her face while I pushed helped me so much! Dr Wolfe actually put her hands on the inside of his and allowed her to do the entire delivery. We were all very emotional and it was like no feeling I’ve ever felt.
It’s not every day your eldest child at 12 years old gets to deliver your last child.
What a beautiful way to meet a sibling for the first time. Who knows where these siblings will end up down the road, but despite their age difference it seems these two will be bonded for life.
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