A 9-year-old is making waves for helping her mom deliver her baby sister.
Angelica Gunn, 30, from Belton, Missouri, began battling contractions on June 28, but her husband was at work. It was a week before her expected due date of July 9, and having just gone into false labor just a few days prior, Gunn wasn’t positive if this was anything serious.
“Then midday the contractions just kicked in really hard,” Gunn told “Good Morning America.” “I felt the urge to push all of a sudden.”
But with only her 9-year-old daughter Aakayla and her son, 4, Gunn accepted that she would need to ask for Aakayla’s help in delivering the baby.
“I just screamed for my daughter to come in,” she said. “I was like, ‘Something’s happening, you’re going to have to look and tell me what’s going on because I don’t know.’ I kind of just felt intense pressure and like [the baby’s] head was coming out.”
At first, Gunn was worried about having her daughter help at such a young age, but she also knew the baby was coming and fast.
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“In that moment I was like, this is a moment we’re going to have to share together and it’s a bond her and her sister will have forever,” she said. “All that other stuff just went away out of my mind and I focused on the moment at hand.”
Thankfully, as she is a nurse and certified doula, Gunn coached her daughter through the delivery while also weathering the contractions and pushing.
“I think that my instincts kicked in,” she said. “I was able to help her even though I was still screaming in pain.”
At first, Aakayla was cautious but then she quickly “hopped right in,” said Gunn.
“I think in that moment she realized, ‘OK, it’s just me and mommy. I’m going to have to help her because daddy’s not here,'” Gunn said. “It’s kind of just amazing how she did that. She didn’t cry, she didn’t freak out or anything.”
Aakayla then brought her mom towels and when it was time for the final push about three hours later, she was able to grab her new baby sister Aubree and hand her up to her mom.
“She’s very bold and very brave for doing all of that,” Gunn said.
Paramedics arrived soon after Gunn gave birth, taking mom and daughter to the hospital to make sure everything was OK.
“She’s doing good and the kids love [her] — they’re just wanting to hold her 24/7.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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