Amanda Hess spends half of her day delivering babies and the other half taking care of her own.
But the Kentucky mom and OBGYN doctor never considered she would be working on the same day she started her maternity leave.
According to a Facebook post in a group called Physician Moms Group, Dr. Hess was sitting in a hospital bed waiting to be induced when she heard screaming down the hall.
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Dr. Hess told WKYT that even her husband was concerned for the other patient. He turned to his wife and asked:
“Is that a woman screaming?”
After talking to some of the staff members, she got out of bed, covered her backside with another gown, and put on some boots. When she reached the patient’s room, she realized she knew her.
Leah Halliday Johnson had just seen Dr. Hess a few days earlier for a check up.
According to ABC Action News, the doctor on call was on break. Hess knew that Johnson was completely dilated. Instead of waiting for the doctor to come back, she decided to help her deliver the baby.
Dr. Hess told NBC Nightly News:
“I said you know, I’m not on call, I’m here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby.”
Johnson told NBC that she didn’t even realize her doctor was wearing a patient’s gown:
“My husband noticed something was going on because she had on a hospital gown, but I didn’t notice that because I was on the delivery table. I was in my own world there.”
Dr. Hess helped to deliver Johnson’s baby, then minutes later her own contractions started. She told WLEX 18:
“I had actually taken a call the day before, so I thought really that I was working up to the last minute. But this was literally ’til the last second.'”
Both Johnson and Dr. Hess delivered healthy baby girls. Now the doctor mom is ready to give her full attention to baby Ellen Joyce.
Congratulations to both families!