In school we learn skills that will help us break into adulthood and beyond. And it’s not just about the basics like math and science—classes like finance and child development are crucial to knowing life skills we’ll almost certainly use later in life.
16-year-old Morlie Hayes from Eden, Utah, is a high school student that learned about labor in her child development class only weeks ago.
And on a Saturday in April 2018, she put her newfound knowledge to the test.
While she was relaxing at home, Laura Creager, the teen’s pregnant aunt, was dropping off her 7-year-old daughter at a friend’s house.
But this day came to a halt when she started having contractions.
Creager was going into labor, weeks before her May 19 due date.
Since at the time she was closer to the Hayes’ home than anything else, Creager went there for some immediate help.
Saying that Hayes was shocked to see her 7-year-old cousin at her doorstep saying that aunt Laura was “going to have her baby” would be an understatement.
After Creager was taken into the house, Hayes called 911, but the baby was coming regardless.
With the teen’s mother out running errands, one can imagine the pressure on Hayes trying to help a family member give birth all by themselves. But luckily, this is where her child development class skills kicked in.
The girl listened to the 911 dispatcher’s instructions, and brought towels and pillows for her aunt.
Hayes helped through the pushing, checked if the umbilical chord was tangled, and made sure the baby had good coloring.
It’s a rare feat to deliver a baby when you’re not even trained to, but the girl’s knowledge made it possible.
“My 16-year-old niece delivered the baby,” Creager told KSL. “She was amazing.”
It seemed fate that Creager was so close to the Hayes’ home, and for the teen to just have learned about labor. All the stars seemed to align on this particular day so that the baby, which she named Kayla Faith Creager, could be born without a problem.
The girl’s middle name is Faith, “because all of us had so much faith and work to get through this,” said Creager.
“It was an amazing experience,” Hayes told Deseret News.
If anything, this stresses the importance of child development classes in school, as you never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation like this. Fortunately, Creager was able to think on her feet, and help deliver the baby safely.