Seventh grader helps deliver new sister - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Seventh grader helps deliver new sister

SPOKANE, Wash. - Big sisters are supposed to take care of their little sisters, but it doesn't usually happen like this: Seventh grader Emma Herb helped deliver her sister as 911 dispatchers talked her through the process when her mom went in to labor early.

Amanda Herb was scheduled to induce labor on September 25, but she went into labor one day early.

Her husband was running errands when her water broke and Amanda turned to her 7th grader, Emma.

"She was grace under pressure here," said Amanda of her daughter, "she did well."

Emma's dad raced home, dialed 911 and handed the phone to Emma.

"It was pretty crazy," said the 12-year-old.

Dispatchers explained to Emma how to deliver the baby, who relayed the information to her dad.

"We take so many heart attacks or stroke calls that when we have one like this... it's happiness all around," said Linda Hendrix, a fire dispatcher. "One can only cherish that happiness for as long as we can."

Hendrix and the fire department awarded Emma a pin and certificate at school on Monday, making her an honorary member of the "Stork Club," a group of people who have delivered babies over the phone.

Emma said she was a little embarrassed by the attention, but she accepted the award graciously.

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