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Nurse mom goes into early labor, coaches 9-year-old daughter to deliver her baby sister

“I’m glad that we’re both OK and that my daughter’s OK, and she’s not traumatized by the whole thing. She’s pretty excited about it," the mother said.

Nurse mom goes into early labor, coaches 9-year-old daughter to deliver her baby sister
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Angelica Gunn went into labor earlier than expected and it was her 9-year-old daughter who helped deliver the baby. Angelica knew she didn't have time to reach the hospital and her husband was, unfortunately, stuck in traffic. Her daughter, Aakayla Gunn, was the one who stepped up and helped deliver her baby sister. Angelica Gunn, who's a nurse at a local hospital, guided her daughter through the process. “We may have a doctor on our hands,” said Aakayla's father Caleb Gunn, reported Pix11. “Already delivering babies at 9! Let’s go, Aakayla!” 



 

Aakayla thoroughly enjoyed the process. “It was fun. She looked really pretty,” she said about the experience. Angelica Gunn, who hails from Missouri, said she was in a fix after she started feeling contractions earlier than expected. She immediately called her husband and asked him to rush home. However, Caleb was stuck in traffic and couldn't make it on time. Angelica, who's a nurse at St. Luke’s South hospital, called for her daughter. “I screamed for Aakayla to come in,” said Angelica. “I was just like, ‘You have to look. Something’s happening. Is her head coming out?’ And she’s like, ‘I can’t look.’ And I’m like, ‘You have to.'” Angelica is also a certified doula. 

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She then coached her daughter in real-time to deliver the baby. It was Aakayla who caught her baby sister as her mother pushed her out. The baby was named Aubree Rose and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. “She told me to go grab a towel, and don’t hold Aubree so hard, and give her to mommy,” recalled Aakayla. Angelica was initially worried about Aakayla's reaction to watching the birthing process but the nine-year-old was happy to be there. “I’m happy, just blessed,” said Angelica. “I’m glad that we’re both OK and that my daughter’s OK, and she’s not traumatized by the whole thing. She’s pretty excited about it.”



 

 

Aakayla's dad described his daughter as a total 'girly girl,' and added that it was impressive what she did. “I mean, she’s scared to touch worms,” said Caleb laughing, “So just to look at some things that she looked at is just amazing.” Her mother believes it's a memory that Aakayla will cherish. “I think she’ll really cherish this for the rest of her life,” said Angelica. 



 

 



 

Aakayla is excited about her new sister and was seen wearing a t-shirt that read: Big Sister. The nine-year-old has a 4-year-old brother but it's her baby sister that she's really excited about. When asked why, Aakayla simply replied, "shopping." The nine-year-old added that she couldn't wait to go to the mall with her baby sister. The birth of a healthy baby girl was even more special to the Missouri family considering the fertility issues the couple faced. Angelica had also suffered three miscarriages. “We had our nurse on our side, my little angel Aakayla,” said Caleb. “It’s like heaven looking into her eyes.” After having suffered miscarriages, Angelica started a support group for other families called The Lost Butterflies.

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