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Baby Delivered by 8-Year-Old Girl

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Jazmine McEnaney, an 8-year-old Florida girl, helped deliver her baby brother when her mother went into rapid labor at home.  More from ABC Action News:

Joseph James Snyder began arriving as [mother] Krystle went into the bathroom to get ready for work.
“I was in the bathroom and my water broke and I yelled for her… ‘Jazmine grab the cordless phone. Dial 911,’” she said.
Jazmine McEnaney called for help at 7:02 a.m. She told the 911 operator, “My mom is pregnant and her water just broke. She is in so much pain.”
Krystle said she was frantic in that moment.
“Even if I called somebody, they are not going to come quick enough,” she said.  “It happened so fast.”
Her baby was two weeks early. All five pounds 10 ounces of little Joseph couldn’t wait.
The operator guided Jazmine in how to help deliver the child. Just 13 minutes after that 911 call started, and before paramedics could arrive, Joseph made his appearance.
The 911 operator asked, “Is your mom pushing or straining yet?”
“Um, mommy are you pushing or straining?” Jazmine asked.
From the background Krystle screamed, “Yes! Yes!”
Talking about what the 911 operator asked Jazmine to do, she told us, “It was like, kind of hard.”
Krystle held the phone as Jazmine worked to deliver Joseph. On the 911 call, Krystle told her, “Come here. Hold the baby’s head please. Hold the baby’s head please Jazmine.”
Krystle says, “She definitely stayed calm when she needed to. I was hysterical.”
Big sister helped her little brother into the world. To that Krystle says, “She did a very good job. I am proud of you.”
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15-Pound Baby Safe After Scary Birth in England

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A 15 pound, 7 ounce baby named George was born six weeks ago in England in a surprising–and harrowing–experience for the boy’s mother, Jade King, who birthed him vaginally. has more:

No one realized just how big George was until his head had emerged, at which point his shoulders got temporarily stuck and he went without oxygen for five minutes.

“There was about 20-odd doctors in the room, and that’s when it got really scary,” King recalled.

Once the baby was out, he was given a 10 percent chance of survival and transferred from Cheltenham to another hospital, in Bristol. He was kept there for four and a half weeks and then went home, and just received normal results from an MRI.

“It might just be that he’s a little bit slow with his learning,” his mom added. “So hopefully it’s just minor little things.”

George has only gained a pound since his birth, and has been wearing clothes sized for a 3-to-6-month old from day one (his mom had to give away all the newborn onesies that were awaiting him at home). He is the second-biggest baby ever born vaginally in the UK, according to various reports; the larger baby weighed just an ounce more.

In George’s case, doctors were unsure of what caused his hugeness, the medical term for which is called macrosomia. But the condition is often caused by mom having had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Image: Woman giving birth at hospital, via Shutterstock

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Woman Delivers Two Sets of Identical Twins on One Day

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

A Texas mother gave birth to quadruplets — two sets of identical twins — in a single day earlier this month, something that only had a one-in-70-million chance of occurring.  The Today Show has more on the couple, who conceived the quadruplets without any reproductive assistance:

They were born at 31 weeks by Cesarean section to Tressa [Molvanto], who is 36, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston says.

The couple had been trying for one brother or sister to keep their little boy Memphis, now 2 years old, company.  At 10 weeks, they learned she was having twins. But when the couple went in for Tressa’s 12 week check-up, they learned she was carrying not two, but four babies.

“If I wasn’t already on the table lying down, I’m pretty sure I would have hit the floor,” Tressa told TODAY.

Manuel’s immediate reaction was jubilation.

“The first thing I said was ‘Home run!’ and then I started jumping up and down,” he said.

The Montalvo’s doctor says this delivery is a very rare event.

“The incidence of spontaneous quadruplets is somewhere of the order of 1 in 500,000,” said Dr. Brian Kirshon, a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine at Houston Perinatal Associates. “And then if you take two sets of identical twins in the quadruplet set, the incidence must be one in many, many millions. It’s an extremely rare occurence.”

Image: Quadruplets, via Shuttterstock

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British Soldier Gave Birth in Afghanistan After Base Attack

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has given birth to a baby boy at a base that had recently been attacked by the Taliban, NBC News is reporting. More on this remarkable birth story:

The child was born Tuesday at a field hospital in Camp Bastion in the war-torn Helmand province, the government said in a statement.

The mother, a gunner with the Royal Artillery, arrived in Afghanistan in March after the child was conceived, a U.K. spokeswoman confirmed. The woman only discovered she was pregnant and about to give birth when she complained of stomach pain.

On Friday night, two U.S. personnel were killed and several others wounded in an attack on the adjoining Camp Leatherneck. The Taliban has also promised to do everything it can to kill the U.K.’s Prince Harry, who is based at Bastion.

The U.K. government statement added that it is “not military policy to allow service women to deploy on operations if they are pregnant.”  Both mother and baby are reportedly in stable condition.

Image: Army first aid bag, via Shutterstock

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