Thursday 27 April 2017

All in a day's work: 11-year-old girl delivers her mother's baby and manages to get to school on time

Once the baby, named Elsa-Monet, had arrived safely Caitlin headed off to school
Once the baby, named Elsa-Monet, had arrived safely Caitlin headed off to school

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A school girl helped her mother to deliver a healthy baby girl and then breezily headed off to school.

Caitlin Burke (11) from Staffordshire in England quickly came to her mother's aid when her waters broke suddenly around 5am.

Tara Burke started getting contractions in the early hours of the morning and her partner Daniel Burke left the family home to drop their children to his sister's house.

But Tara’s waters broke just minutes after Daniel left.

Caitlin then calmly guided her mother through the two-hour labour, availing of advice from ambulance staff on the phone.

The clever schoolgirl even managed to unravel the umbilical cord that was wrapped around the baby's body.

Once the baby, named Elsa-Monet, had arrived safely Caitlin headed off to school.

Caitlin, the eldest of five, told the Birmingham Mail that she now wants to be a mid-wife when she grows up.

She admitted to being "scared and shaky at first".

"When my sister was born, I was really happy. I think she’s really cute and I love her very much.

"My friends at school and teachers were really happy and proud of me," she said.

Her proud mother Tara was full of praise for her daughter.

"I couldn’t do what Caitlin has done at my age, let alone at the age of 11.

"She got the towels, she then helped remove the cord because it was wrapped around the baby.

"And she helped to rub and stimulate her because she wasn’t crying," she said.

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