Trinity, nine, helps mum Dee deliver baby after watching One Born Every Minute
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A nine-year-old girl helped her mum deliver her baby sister after watching TV programme One Born Every Minute.
Dee Culley’s waters broke on March 31, a week before her due date, and with husband Terry out of their Fingringhoe home worried whether help would arrive before baby did.
But Dee’s eldest child Trinity, now aged 10, came to the rescue telling her mum “It’s OK I have seen One Born Every Minute”.
Trinity, a pupil at Kings Ford Junior School in Colchester, grabbed towels and blankets and helped to keep Dee, 28, calm until Terry returned home.
Terry, 34, then helped to deliver the baby, Jasmin, before paramedics or a midwife could arrive at the house.
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Fortunately everything went well and after a quick check-up from a midwife Dee was able to stay at home to nurse her new arrival, who weighed in at 7lbs 1oz.
Dee, also mum to Jade, two, and Samual, one, said: “Trinity was not fazed by anything – you would think a nine-year-old might run upstairs and cry, but she didn’t.
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“I told her ‘you do realise the TV in your room was not for this type of TV show’.
“But she just said to me ‘Aren’t you glad I did otherwise I would not have known what to do’, and I can’t argue with her on that.
“It is good she realises some TV is real and some of it is not.
“My husband can’t stand it, it’s usually me who watches it. It gets repeated so that’s probably where Trinity has seen a bit of it.
“When you’re expecting you tend to watch these things.
“My husband, who I’ve been married to for nearly 12 years, had a vasectomy in September so this baby has been full of surprises for us.
“Trinity was eight hours coming, so we have had every experience.”
The family are now enjoying time with their new arrival with even the younger child helping to look after her.
“Trinity has that special bond,” Dee added.
One Born Every Minute, broadcast on Channel 4, is a documentary charting the highs and lows of life on a labour ward at a hospital in the north of England.