Pregnant Doc Is About To Have Her Baby. Suddenly, Screams Outside Force Her To Reconsider Birth
FaithTap Staff 8/8/2017
Anticipating the birth of a baby stirs up a range of emotions. When labor looms, the excitement accelerates. But sometimes those precious babies ready to make their big arrival have a different idea.
When one obstetrician from Kentucky checked into the hospital to deliver her own baby, she had a birthing plan all mapped out. But her ideas were quickly tossed aside when duty called.
Dr. Amanda Hess was preparing for the birth of her second child when screams outside her room caught her attention. She was going to be induced soon, but the labor and delivery floor nurses could be heard fretting over a mom in active labor who was ready to push.
That mom needed to deliver immediately because her precious fourth baby was in distress. While the patient's own obstetrician was en route, the baby and mom needed immediate medical attention. She was fully dilated.
Dr. Hess recognized the crying mom as Leah Halliday Johnson, a patient she had examined herself just a few days earlier at her medical practice. While Dr. Hess wasn't Leah's regular obstetrician who was hustling to the hospital, she knew she couldn't remain in her room and do nothing, even though she was supposed to be delivering her own baby.
So Dr. Hess tossed on a second gown to cover her backside, slipped on splash boots over her flip flops and headed out of her room to help. She was ushered to the mom's room where, like a champ, she delivered the baby!
"I said, ‘You know, I'm not on call. I'm here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby.'"
Then she returned to her own room where her induction continued as planned. Dr. Hess delivered sweet baby Ellen Joy who was eagerly welcomed by her big sister Kate. Dr. Hala Sabry had to share the tale of a compassionate and caring obstetrician on the labor and delivery floor at the hospital.
"Doctor moms consistently take care of their own families as well as their patients and their respective families all the time."
Leah said she was surprised to see Dr. Hess at the hospital and in her delivery room, since her primary obstetrician was on his way. She also didn't know Dr. Hess was a patient who had checked into the hospital. Regardless, she was thrilled to see someone who could help her.
"The clues were there. My husband noticed that she was in a hospital gown, but at that point, I was so relieved to see one of my doctors that I was just ready to move it along."
Leah was so incredibly grateful for Dr. Hess setting aside her birthing plan and her day to help her. She couldn't have imagined her own delivery day would turn out that way.
"It just goes to show you what an amazing person she is, what an amazing woman and mother and doctor."