by Cassandra R. Elias
In the Spotlight: Seven-Year-Old May Be World's Youngest Midwife
When seven-year-old Chloe's mother went into labor, she sprung into action. Chloe awoke to her mother's screams as her contractions began in the middle of the night. Chloe was the only one around so she grabbed a towel to keep her newborn sister clean and warm.
She comforted her mom through the labor and delivery, packed bags for the trip to the hospital and called her grandmother to share the good news. While this is unusual behavior for one so young, it's a testament to her mother Rachael.
Rachael, a nursery nurse, described her daughter as "fantastic" after giving birth to her newborn, Emilia-May. The baby was overdue and the birth took place in the bathroom of her home in Gosport, Hampshire, England.
Chloe admits she was scared until she saw her new sister for the first time.
"When I heard mummy shouting, I thought she didn't feel very well and was frightened of something. I was a bit scared at first but when I got up I saw my baby sister. I held her and wrapped her in a blanket. I'm happy I was the first person to see her and she looked small and cute. I got some blankets and I called my nanny to let her know mum had had the baby. I also helped the ambulance men get things and let them in."
Chloe's teacher said she is especially helpful and grown up for a girl aged 7. "Chloe's such a responsible and helpful little girl in the classroom. I'm very proud she coped so well in the situation."
It's incredible that a such a small child would have the presence of mind to stay so calm and organized in a situation that would make many adults panic. I would expect that Chloe and her new sister will probably have a special bond and a great story to tell for the rest of their lives.
What do you think of this story? Do you think Chloe acted on instinct or that her mother Rachael has parenting secrets we don't know about yet? Congratulations to the family!
Photo courtesy of Portsmouth News.