FRANKFORT: A Kentucky obstetrician who was at the hospital to give birth to her own baby took time to deliver another patient’s baby first.
Dr. Amanda Hess tells local media that she was getting ready for her own induction and delivery at Frankfort Regional Medical Center when she heard there was a woman who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress.
The on-call doctor at the hospital had just left for a break.
Hess put on another gown, covered her shoes with hospital boots and walked down to the patient’s room to get to work. She helped Leah Halliday-Johnson deliver a baby girl.
Hess’ own baby girl was later delivered. Both moms say they are doing well.
Dr Hess was quoted as saying “I just put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room.”
Sharing the story on Facebook, Dr Hala Sabry wrote, Hats off to this Dr Mom and member of Physician Moms Group PMG, Dr. Amanda Hess! This picture was taken minutes after she delivered her second child, Ellen Joyce! Not only does she look like a stunning model but while she was getting into her patient gown to prepare for her induction and delivery she overheard the nurses preparing for a woman in active labor who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress – that baby was coming and needed help! The patient’s OBGYN was on their way but Dr. Hess (an OBGYN herself) knew that the baby needed attention now! So, in her own words, she “put another gown on to cover my backside, put some splash boots on over my flip flops” and delivered that baby! She literally worked until the last second!!
Those mamas are bonded for life! And Baby Ellen (and her big sister Kate) will have fun hearing this story when they are older! Doctor moms consistently take care of their own families as well as their patients and their respective families all the time. Great job, Dr. Hess!