Jacee Dellapena was really, really excited to have a baby brother.
Eighteen months ago, when Jacee’s other little brother, Zayden, was being born, Jacee had wanted to be in the birthing room, too. Her mother thought she was too young. So, when she was going to have another little brother, Jacee began trying to persuade her mother to let her be there this time around.Her mother finally relented.
She wanted to watch the entire process, so she got what she thought was a great view in the delivery room, but her mother ended up being put on a table that was too high for Jacee to be able to see anything. She was worried she was going to miss seeing her little brother’s birth.
“I started crying because I was too short to see anything,” she said, “The doctor was like, ‘Just go ahead and get some gear on and come help me deliver the baby.’” She couldn’t believe it. “I was like, are you kidding me? Are you being real?”
Jacee’s mom, Dede Carraway, was equally surprised.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, what? Uh, no. Never in a million years. But the doctor said, ‘I’m being serious. I’ll guide her hands and everything,’” Dede said, “So she got up in there and was suddenly in the middle of everything.”
The graphic nature of the ordeal didn’t bother Jacee. She was more afraid of messing up, she said.
“I was a nervous wreck. I was nervous and shocked at the same time,” she said. “I was scared I was going to mess up or do something wrong because there are plenty of things you can do wrong.”
Jacee did just fine, though. She even got to cut his umbilical cord herself. See the emotional video below, it’s pretty awesome!