Molalla girl delivers baby brother in whirlwind birth
Shyanne Defeudis wanted to see the birth of her baby brother so badly. But with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the 11-year-old Molalla girl thought it would not be possible.
As it turned out, she got her wish and more — Shyanne delivered her baby brother.
"Hospitals only allow one person in for labor and delivery," Shyanne's mother Jordan Eck said, "and they have to be over 16 years of age. She really thought there was something I could do to change the rules. I tell her she manifested delivering him because she would have held a grudge for life if she didn't see his birth."
The story begins when Eck went to her doctor's appointment on April 19, three weeks before her due date, with a feeling her baby boy was coming soon. She shared her desire to discuss a planned induction because she was nervous that if she went into natural labor, she'd struggle to find child care for Shyanne and her 4-year-old daughter Ava in time to make it to the hospital.
Eck's health-care provider told her they would discuss the topic the following week. But that would have been too late. Two days later, on April 21, Eck said she woke up early at around 5 a.m. with stomach pain and nausea. At some point between bathroom trips, she posted on Facebook, "Gas pain or contractions? 19 days until Baby Kobe is due!"
Less than two hours later, Eck was beginning to see the answer to that question. She called her OBGYN to ask for a midwife to call her back as soon as possible, and at 7:19 a.m., she called her friend to tell them she may not be able to pick up their daughter for the school carpool as usual.
Then Eck's water broke.
"I ran to the bottom of the stairs and screamed so loud for my daughter Shy to come downstairs," Eck said. "She doesn't wake easily, so I was wailing."
Eck picked up the phone one last time to ask her friend Erika to come over so Eck could leave for the hospital.
At 7:32 a.m., Shyanne, startled after just waking up, dialed 911. Shyanne told Fox 12, who was first to report the story, that the dispatcher offered her step-by-step guidance to help her mom.
"I could feel his head, got on the ground, and he was out in two pushes as my friend Erika walked in to assist in catching the baby," Eck said. "We were all in shock. I remember yelling, 'Put him on me,' because we didn't know what to even do with him."
Minutes had elapsed between Eck's water breaking and the baby's arrival. Fortunately, Molalla Fire EMTs were en route and arrived in time to cut the umbilical cord.
As they loaded Eck and newborn Kobe into the ambulance, Kobe's dad, Patrick Fauth, arrived just in time to jump in too.
Now 6-pound, 8-ounce baby Kobe is back home where he made his debut, and according to Eck, he's "amazing, super healthy, and adorable."
Eck said Shyanne did "amazing" under the circumstances. "She is in love with Kobe," Eck said. "Still feels unreal."
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