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Aug262011

Canadian 12-Year-Old Delivers His Baby Brother

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CAMPBELL RIVER, British Columbia) -- Gaelan Edwards first met his new brother in an unusual way: The 12-year-old actually helped deliver the baby after his mother couldn't make it to the hospital in time.

Danielle Edwards, 30, of Campbell River, British Columbia, told Canada's CTV she woke up on Saturday around 2 a.m. already in labor.  That's when she called for her son, Gaelan.

"Gaelan, when you see the shoulders, I need you to hang on to the shoulders and I need to you pull them out," Edwards instructed her son.

Gaelan, who said he'd seen TV shows on childbirth and had read a few medical books his mother kept in the home, remembered what he learned.

He took the baby's shoulders and eased him out.  He then went to get scissors, a clamp and a blanket, and cut the umbilical cord.  After that, he wrapped his new baby brother in a blanket.

The family then went to the hospital where mother and baby got a clean bill of health.

Dr. Salih Yasin, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, said women can sometimes go into labor very quickly, especially if they've previously given birth, as Edwards had four other times.

And if there are no complications, delivery isn't as daunting as it may seem.

"Birth is a natural process that the human body is made to take care of on its own," he said. "There are many stories of babies being delivered in cars or in parking lots."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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