Mom Induces Labor So Newborn Can Meet Her Dying Sister

Newborn baby girl

British mom Paula Holmes asked doctors to induce her unborn daughter three weeks early, in hopes that baby Scarlet could meet her critically ill older sister. Katy, age 10, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last fall, and her mother wanted to make sure the sisters could spend time together, in case Katy’s condition continued to worsen.

The Lancashire Evening Post reports that Paula Holmes knew something was wrong last October when Katy received an award at school and didn’t show any emotion–not a smile or even a flinch. When the girl complained of headaches and double-vision, Paula took her to the family doctor, who sent Katy for a CT scan and then an MRI. A tumor was found in Katy’s brain stem, and her parents were told their daughter had between 6 and 9 months to live.


It’s been 3 months since the diagnosis, little Scarlet is almost 2 months old, and Katy continues to fight for her life. Mom Paula says, “Katy loves Scarlet, and seems to have a special way with her. All we have to do is put Scarlet in her arms and she starts smiling.”

What do you think? Is it okay for doctors to induce labor for non-medical reasons? Was this a good reason to induce? Or was the mother putting her second child’s health unnecessarily at risk?