September 17, 2009

Girl, 6, helps mom give birth

A North Carolina family is heaping praise on a 6-year-old girl who served as her mother's only helper during an emergency home birth.

Briana Johnson of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., said she began feeling mild contractions early Wednesday and called her father for a ride to the hospital when her water broke upon stepping out of bed, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Thursday.

Johnson said she soon realized the baby was coming faster than her father and called an ambulance. She woke her 6-year-old daughter, Diyana, to assist with the birth.

I was asleep and my mama woke me up, the first-grader said. She had stomach pains, and then she had the baby. I helped by getting the baby a blanket and opening the door for the rescue squad.

Johnson, a nurse at Raleigh's Tammy Lynn Center, said Diyana helped her deliver baby Madisyn before emergency crews arrived. Johnson and her father, Torris Jones, praised the 6-year-old for her help and bravery during the incident.

I just thought that was awesome, Jones said. She said, 'I almost cried when my mama was screaming. You told me to be a big girl, and I was a big girl.'