Can you imagine going into labor, and it being painfully obvious that you were going to have the baby before you got to the hospital? Scary, right? Even scarier if the only other person at home with you was your 9-year-old daughter.
Well, it actually wasn't frightening for Monique Meza from Chicago. When Monique felt her baby crowning, her 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa, bravely jumped into action.
"She said she felt the baby coming out, and I told her to push the baby out and I'd catch the baby," Alyssa told her local ABC news in Chicago of helping her mother through labor. "She got scared, and I caught the baby, grabbed the towel and wrapped her."
The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck twice—something that would freak out even most adults. But not Alyssa—she knew exactly what to do. The elementary-schooler had seen a medical TV show, where the baby was born with the umbilical cord around its neck, so she didn't hesitate. "I had to unwrap it," said Alyssa, "and I ran next door to grab my neighbor because the baby was a little purple," she continued. The neighbor promptly called 911, and both mom and baby sister Aaliyah are fine, largely thanks to Alyssa, who now wants to be a paramedic when she grows up.
Alyssa showed such strength and bravery that her mom wasn't just grateful for what her daughter had done, but she was also "very, very proud of her," said Monique. "I expected it from her, but not as much maturity that she has shown me, at her age. I know she has a bright future ahead of her." I couldn't agree more!
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