If you love stories with a happy ending, you’re going to
love this story twice as much because it has two of the happiest endings
possible. Dr. Amanda Hess, an OB-GYN from Frankfort,
Ky., was at Frankfort Regional Medical Center to have her own baby, not to
deliver someone else’s, but she managed to do both.
On July 23, Hess was in her hospital, gown complete with
that indiscreet opening in the back because she was about to be induced, when
her husband pointed out that a woman was screaming. Immediately, Hess switched
from being a patient to being an OB-GYN.
“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,” Hess told
As luck would have it, the woman screaming, Leah
Halliday-Johnson, was a patient that Hess had seen the week before for a
final prenatal checkup. Halliday-Johnson had arrived at the hospital about an
hour earlier and was only 1 centimeter dilated, but things got real REAL fast. So fast
that there wasn’t any time for pain medication even if she wanted any.
The on-call doctor was not back from a break when
Halliday-Johnson started to feel the urge to push. To further complicate
things, the baby had its umbilical cord loosely wrapped around its neck.
Nurses asked Halliday-Johnson to try to not push. “I was not
being quiet about the fact that it was difficult for me not to push,” Halliday-Johnson
Enter Dr. Hess, like a hospital gown-wearing superhero! Halliday-Johnson
didn’t even know that Dr. Hess was actually about to give birth to her own
baby. “I said, OK, it’s great to see you. Can I push now?” Halliday-Johnson recalls.
“She was in complete doctor mode. She just heard somebody needed help.”
With no time to spare, Dr. Hess stepped in and helped deliver
Halliday-Johnson’s fourth child, a healthy 8-pound baby girl. When the on-call
doctor arrived to finish things up, Dr. Hess headed back to her own hospital
room, switched back to patient mode and later gave birth to her own baby girl,
Ellen Joyce. Dr. Hess has an older daughter as well.
How many women do you know have a birth story that involves
not only them giving birth, but also delivering someone else's baby before they
give birth? We’re thinking something like this doesn’t happen very often. Talk
about being a multitasking mama!