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BATON ROUGE - Ace Henderson, a day-old baby at Woman's Hospital, is just like any other newborn at the hospital, though there is one unique characteristic: his grandmother delivered him.

"'I said, 'all we can do, Kelly, is drop your pants. We're going to deliver this baby right here,'" grandmother Polly Cottano said in an exclusive interview with WBRZ News 2 Monday for the station's 10pm newscast.

Cottano said her daughter called Sunday and said she was in pain, she assumed her child was on the way. So, Cottano drove to her daughter's house where the family called 911. But, Ace was not waiting.

"I'm just on cloud nine right now," she said.

Under pressure, she stayed cool and remembered what she had seen on television.

"You know you see it, and it is just instinct."

"It was the easiest birth I've had, out of four. It was coming regardless," Ace's mother, Kelee, said.

"I think we're going to have a special bond; I got to hold him first, watch him take his first breath. I think this is going to be a very dear connection," Cottano said.

The child and his mother are doing fine.



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