Dad turns midwife for fifth child

Last updated 05:00 04/01/2013
Grace Tutagalevao
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NEW ARRIVAL: Grace Tutagalevao and her new baby, Jireh.

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Tai Tutagalevao had been through four previous births but when his baby girl Jireh was born on the first day of 2013, he cut the cord for the first time.

After just over two hours' labour, mum Grace gave birth to Jireh at 12.15am on New Year's Day, making her happy, healthy 3.71-kilogram (8lb 8oz) baby daughter the first baby born at Hutt Hospital this year.

"It's great she's born bang on the New Year - it's going to be a great year for us," said Mrs Tutagalevao.

She said the timing was special, as her father had died around the same time a year earlier.

Jireh's arrival was also special because of the big age gap between her and her siblings - a 19-year-old sister and three brothers aged 20, 11 and 10, all of whom were enjoying getting to know their new baby sister.

Her husband was one of four "midwives" including an actual midwife and two women from the family's church.

In the delivery suite, Mr Tutagalevao carried out his cord-cutting duties with poise.

"At first I just wanted him to get away - but he was awesome," Mrs Tutagalevao said.

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- The Dominion Post

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