12-Year-Old Boy Delivers His Own Baby Brother!


newborn boyWow. If I ever have another kid, I might just end up being really glad I let my 10-year-old watch all those episodes of House. I'm sure Vancouver mom Danielle Edwards is thankful that her 12-year-old son Gaelen watches "a bunch of medical shows": It's because of his TV habits, says the boy, that he knew what to do when he went into his mom's bedroom and saw his new baby brother's head crowning!

Apparently Danielle went into labor in her sleep, and when she woke up she was already pushing!

Crazy, right? I'm guessing the fact that this was Danielle's 5th child has something to do with it -- her body definitely knew the drill!

She was too far along to even stand when the pain woke her up at 2 a.m.; all she could do was scream for help. Luckily Gaelen heard her cries. Luckier still (thanks to all that time spent in front of the tube, of course), Gaelen kept his cool.

"I grabbed him by the shoulders and his head was resting on my wrists," Gaelen said. "Then I gently pulled him out and laid him on the bed."

Did I mention this kid is 12??

What he did next is pretty incredible, too. Gaelen went to the kitchen, got a pair of scissors, and cut the cord -- after making sure to clamp it first!

Unbelievable! All I know is, Danielle must be feeling like she hit the mom jackpot right about now. Not only did she raise a 12-year-old son quick-thinking enough to deliver his own baby brother, but said baby was born in perfect health (7 pounds, 9 ounces!).

Plus, at least one of her kids is clearly going to med school.

What would you do if you woke up in advanced labor?


Image via Big D2112/Flickr

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Stephanie Wiltcher

holy cow! that is a quick thinkin boy. too bad it is because he spent his time watching TV, but good for him. glad the baby is good!

nonmember avatar mommy2be

And thats why my kid will NOT be watching cartoons... lol only educational television like History channel... Smart Kid very smart kid... KUDOS to him

hutch... hutchfam2007

WOW!!!!! I could NOT imagine going all the way through labor and halfway through delivery ASLEEP!!!! Although Im sure this was very scary-- what a story! and what a lucky lady,she apparently wasnt in pain for very long!

Susan Delly

Wow... awesome story! Way to go, kid!  I hope he gets mega scholarships for med school!!!

I'm a lil jealous of her fast delivery though.  Mine was a painful 33.5 hours with 3 hours of pushing. :-/

nonmember avatar A

He did not deliver the baby. The mother did. He caught it but that's not the same thing.

Addys... Addys_Mom

Oh good hell A was that really necessary?

SandM... SandMsMama

wow get that kid a scholarship to unc chapel hill, or some other great med school!!

I hope by the time I have my 5th I can do it in my sleep Hahaha!

Suzi Suzi

Whether the mother's body did all the work or not, A, it is quite a feat for any 12 yr old to be calm and helpful.  He caught the baby, but he also clamped the cord and cut it.  How many kids do YOU know that would be able to do that without throwing up?.  I bet his Gaelen's mommy is so proud that her son did such a great job helping.  I know she must have given him a big hug.   I sure would have!

nonmember avatar sandrs

Wow! Poor kid. Childbirth is scary. I can't imagine a twelve year old having to go through that. Couldn't she have him dial 911 instead.

Sounds like he did a great job though.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

This is so dumb.  1. The MOTHER delivered the baby.  2.  He should NOT have been PULLING the baby out...at all!  I'm glad he didn't injure his brother!  3.  You don't NEED to clamp or cut the cord right away.  Many people delay cord clamping (I did for 2 hours after birth) or don't  cut it at all. (Lotus Birth.)  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070816193328.htm  It is not like this kid "saved" his mom or brother.

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