Two-year-old Jeremiha Taylor doesn't have to ask his mother where babies come from -- he helped deliver his little brother at the foot of his family's living room couch.
"He's my little hero," Jeremiha's mom, Bobbye Favazza, 27, of Olive Branch, said Tuesday. "It was like he knew what to do." Favazza gave birth to a 7-pound, 4-ounce baby boy, Kamron Taylor, on Friday morning. Firefighters arrived moments later to cut the umbilical cord.
Greg Mynatt, an emergency services supervisor with the city, said the 911 call about Favazza was probably the third this year about a woman in labor, but usually the mother makes it to the hospital before delivery. Even rarer is a child assisting with delivery. Mynatt did not recall it ever happening here. "This would probably be the first," he said.
Jeremiha can count to five, feed himself and go to the potty himself. He communicates in short sentences. Of course, nothing about his brief childhood had prepared him to assist in delivering a baby, but Favazza said that of her four children, Jeremiha is the bold one, the one who "will try anything."
Favazza had made proper plans. Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto was expecting her -- on Dec. 6, for her fourth caesarian section -- not on Friday the 13th. Looking back, Favazza realized she was in labor all through the night before the birth, but she did not realize it at the time. The discomfort was minor compared to the labor pains she remembered before giving birth to her sons, ages 2 and 3, and daughter, 5.
On Friday morning, Favazza complained to her mother, Leigh Favazza, about the pain, but neither woman believed delivery was imminent. Leigh Favazza considered taking the day off from her sales job if indeed her daughter was going to give birth, but first she had to get her granddaughter, Keely Taylor, settled at school.
Leigh Favazza left the house to take the 5-year-old to the bus stop at the end of Maury Drive, then she headed for Olive Branch Elementary School to drop off snacks for her granddaughter's classroom. While en route, Bobbye Favazza called. "Mom, I'm having the baby," Bobbye Favazza said.
Leigh Favazza hung up and called 911. It was 8:26 a.m. She was frantic. Her daughter was alone in the house with a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old, a bull mastiff and a poodle and her water had just broken.
Bobbye Favazza's oldest son, 3-year-old Jamison Taylor, had awakened to discover his mother bleeding and in pain. "He sat on the couch right here and cried," Bobbye Favazza said. "He was terrified. He's my emotional one." The 2-year-old was calm. "I laid on the couch and he went and got a towel," Bobbye Favazza said. "He grabbed a towel on his own. "It happened so fast. My water broke and the baby came two to three minutes later.
I just pushed and he caught him."Bobbye Favazza said she held her baby, still attached to her by the cord, as she walked a few feet to unlock the front door for emergency personnel. They cut the cord. Jeremiha, quizzed about the birth of his brother, can point to the spot at the end of the couch where Kamron Taylor was born."Over there," he said."Sometimes these things happen, especially to mothers who've had multiple births," said Mynatt, the city's emergency services supervisor. "The time gets less and less with each delivery."
Mother and son were discharged from Baptist-DeSoto. Neither suffered any complications. "I've had three," said Leigh Favazza, the proud grandmother, "and I can't imagine having any of them like this."
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