Caitlin Burke helped her mum deliver her baby sister then headed off to school for the day.




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Tara Knightley went into labour minutes after her partner left the house.

Caitlin Burke a schoolgirl, from Tamworth, near Birmingham, rang the ambulance and was given advice over the phone and helped deliver her baby sister Elsa-Monet.

Once Caitlin had delivered the baby, she unravelled the umbilical cord, which had wrapped around the baby, and handed her baby sister to her mother before then heading off to school for the day.

Caitlin, the eldest of five children, said she had been “scared and shaky at first because I had never seen anything like that before in my life”. But she added: “When my sister was born, I was really happy. I think she’s really cute and I love her very much.”

She said seeing the birth of her younger sister had inspired her to want to become a midwife when she grows up.  “My friends at school and the teachers were really happy and proud of me.”

Mum said: “Caitlin was just amazing. I find it difficult to put into words just what she has done for me. I started getting contractions so my partner left to take my youngest to his sister’s house. But within 10 minutes of him leaving, my waters broke.

“I knew that as soon as that happened it wouldn’t be long before the baby was born. I told Caitlin to call for an ambulance, and they were telling her what to do over the phone. I was screaming in pain but Caitlin was calm throughout.

“I don’t know what I would have done if Caitlin had not been there. I couldn’t do what Caitlin has done at my age, let alone at the age of 11. She has such a bond with her baby sister now. She can’t leave her alone and keeps saying how much she loves her.”

What an awesome big sister!  Well done, Caitlin.

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  • Wonderful young lady – has much presence of mind, and that is probably due to her upbringing. Thank her a lot and also thank yourself for giving her a wonderful childhood and making her a lovely young lady and future person.


  • Awesome little girl. Well done Caitlin!


  • What am amazing little girl!! I bet the bond between her and her sister stays really strong.


  • Well done Catlain you are a treasure


  • One very brave calm 11 year old young lady. I would not have been calm that’s for sure.
    She wouldn’t have been calm when she explained the event at school.
    Imagine the Dad’s shock when he got home to find he was too late for the birth.
    If Caitlin doesn’t become a midwife I reckon she will work with children.


  • oh bless her – kids are so amazing xxx


  • how amazing was the 12 year old her mum must be really proud of her


  • What an amazing little girl. Glad to hear this story has a wonderful ending!


  • what an amazing girl and such an experience!


  • What a great daughter and sister. Definetly future midwife in the making. Surprised she didn’t take day off after hard work :)


  • oh wow brought a tear to my eye, what a special brave girl, i hope you do grow up to be a midwife and congrats on delivering your first at only 11.


  • yes she handled that calmly and brilliantly. what a little sport!


  • A wery amasing story, So brave little girl.


  • A gorgeous story – they will have a bond forever!


  • Caitlyn is very mature for her age. Well done for helping mum!


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