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11-year-old schoolgirl single-handedly delivers mum's baby

2015-11-26 21:21:07

Caitlin BurkeCaitlin Burke,11, with her newborn baby sister Elsa

An 11-year-old girl from Tamworth single-handedly delivered a baby - then calmly went to school for the day.

Caitlin Burke sprang into action when mum Tara Knightley’s waters suddenly broke at her home in Dordon on Tuesday morning.

With the help of ambulance staff on the phone, the cool schoolgirl delivered baby sister Elsa-Monet, even managing to unravel the cord which was wrapped around the baby.

Amazingly, Caitlin then went to school for her normal lessons, just hours after delivering the newborn.

Tara’s waters broke within 10 minutes of her partner Daniel Burke leaving the home in Dukes Road at around 5am on Tuesday.

So it was down to Caitlin, who is the eldest of five children, to call for the ambulance and guide her mum through labour.

Caitlin BurkeCaitlin Burke, 11, with her newborn baby sister Elsa

“I was a bit scared and shakey at first because I had never seen anything like that before in my life,” said Caitlin.

“But 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 the teachers were really happy and proud of me. I want to be a midwife when I’m older.”

Mum-of-five Tara spent just over two hours in labour before giving birth to Elsa-Monet at 7.17am.

“Caitlin was just amazing. I find it difficult to put into words just what she has done for me,” said stay-at-home mum Tara.

“I don’t know what I would have done if Caitlin had not been there.

“I started getting contractions so my partner left to take my youngest to his sister’s house.

“But within 10 minutes of him leaving, my waters broke.

“Based on previous labours, I knew that as soon as that happened, it wouldn’t be long before the baby was born.

“I told Caitlin to call for an ambulance, and they were telling her what to do over the phone.

“I was screaming in pain but Caitlin was calm throughout.”

Even the first sight of the baby’s head failed to faze courageous Caitlin.

Caitlin BurkeCaitlin Burke,11, with her newborn baby sister Elsa

“When the head was showing, I thought to myself ‘I need to stop screaming because my 11-year-old daughter is seeing me’,” said Tara.

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

“She did everything she was told to do and was extremely brave and supportive.

“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 has such a bond with her baby sister now. She can’t leave her alone and keeps saying how much she loves her.

“We are all so proud of her.”

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