“Towards the ends of my pregnancy, Brooke brought up being in the room again while I labored and while Summer was born. I had a great idea that she could not only be there, but would be able to cut the umbilical cord! She liked the idea and at my next appointment I brought it up to my midwife. She said Brooke could even help deliver and catch the baby!
I prepped Brooke by explaining the positioning, where she could place her hands, that the baby will be slippery and that there will be a lot of blood, but that it is all normal. When it came time for me to push, it all happened very quickly!
Brooke stood next to her dad by my feet, watching in pure happiness and amazement! You can see the overwhelming love in her face. She touched the baby’s head as she was crowning and giggled a little. The midwife and nurses were telling Brooke just how brave she was for doing this. I pushed two times and the baby’s head popped out. Brooke prepared by putting her hands with her dads to help catch her newest baby sister, and about one minute after her head came out, so did her sweet little body. Brooke melted!
After they placed Summer on my chest, I looked over to see Brooke just crying! I asked her if she was okay and she stumbled through tears when she said, ‘Yes! She’s just so perfect!’ And she was — this all was. Our family was right where we all should have been.
We don’t plan on having any more children, but if we did, Brooke would absolutely be there catching the baby again.”
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