Professor volunteers to hold student’s baby during a 3-hour lecture so the mom can focus and take notes
A young mother trying to better herself got quite the surprise after having to bring her child to a three-hour lecture.
A Georgia college student couldn’t find a babysitter, so her professor volunteered to hold the student’s baby while teaching a three-hour anatomy class – and a photo taken by the professors daughter, Anna, is now educating he world on what hope for humanity looks like.
Ramata Sissoko Cissé, an assistant professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, told CNN that one of her students called her late the night before the lecture to let Cissé know that her babysitter canceled last minute.
This would mean that her student would have to bring the baby to Cissé’s anatomy and physiology class the next day.
Professor Cissé, a mother of three, gave the ‘OK’ for the student to bring her baby to class – “For her to trust me made me feel like I had to help,” Cissé said. “It’s like a moral responsibility.”
But during the class, the baby kept moving around and it was hard for the student to hold her son and write at the same time.
“I said, ‘Hand me the baby,'” Cissé said.
However, Cissé couldn’t hold the baby and write on the white board during her anatomy lecture.
So Cissé improvised by grabbing a white lab coat and tying the baby to her back.
my mom is my role model.
her student couldn’t find a babysitter today & being the true African mother that she is, taught a THREE hour class with the baby on her back & fed him.
I’m so blessed to be raised by a woman who loves the world as much as her own children. pic.twitter.com/6yuynJhuPw
— Annadote 💊 (@AnnaKhadejah) September 20, 2019
The baby quickly fell asleep and stayed quiet for the remainder of the class.
Piggybacking off the current situation, Cissé was able to incorporate the baby into the lesson, elaborating on concepts related to the nervous system, brain function and metabolism.
One student asked why he was able to sleep so quietly.
Cissé explained that he was cozy and warm, with her body temperature next to him, and the matching heat made it easier for him to relax.
Later when the baby became hungry, and the baby’s bottle was cold, she explained that warming up the milk would help aid the baby’s metabolism.
A spokeswoman for Georgia Gwinnett College told CNN that the child’s mother asked to not be identified.
Cissé said the student e-mailed her after class to thank her, and she wrote back, “You’re welcome, I’ll always be there for you.” And the student replied, “I know.”
Those two words meant a lot to her.
Many of Cissé’s students go on to become nurses or doctors, or work in other health professions. She said teaching them science is only part of her mission to prepare them for life after school.
“Love and compassion are part of the philosophy of my classroom,” Cissé said.
She’s hoping she can instill those qualities by modeling them in teachable moments like holding the baby during class as being a good health care provider is about more than just studying textbooks.
“I’m hoping they can spread love, take it to other people who need it,” she said.