If ever there was a time to think inward thoughts, thoughts about your own well-being and the task you have at hand, it may be right as you’re about to bring your child into the world.
On the other hand, Dr. Amanda Hess, a doctor in Kentucky, apparently doesn’t think so.
Last Sunday evening, Dr. Hess lay in her hospital room, clad in an open-backed gown and preparing to begin her own induction process to birth her daughter. Her husband happened to notice the screams of a woman just down the hall, though, shortly before their procedure was due to start. When Dr. Hess hopped on the hospital’s computer system, she noticed that there was a woman facing labor complications, and whose baby was in distress.
Halliday Johnson, the laboring mother, was indeed struggling. She was fully dilated and needed her doctor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, her obstetrician was on his way back from a break, and it appeared as though he wouldn’t make it in time. According to Lexington’s WKYT, Hess knew the baby needed to be delivered immediately.
“I just put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes… and went down to her room and I knew her” she told the outlet.
Dr. Hess had seen Johnson just days before at a check up, but wasn’t her regular obstetrician. It would seem to be a series of very fortunate events that led the two women to meet again, with a level of comfort established.
When Dr. Hess walked in the room, it never occurred to Halliday that she wasn’t there solely to deliver her baby. “She was definitely in doctor mode,” Halliday Johnson told WLEX-18. “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.”
Hats off to this #DrMom and member of Physician Moms Group #PMG, Dr. Amanda Hess! This picture was taken minutes after…
Just after Dr. Hess saved the day and brought the littlest Johnson into the world, she returned to her own room where her induction began and was completed with the birth of her daughter, who she named Ellen Joyce.
Women are truly amazing. Even on the brink of a major life change and milestone, they are capable of putting themselves in the place of other, also vulnerable, women. We know you’re going to make an amazing mother, Amanda Hess, just as you’re obviously a great physician.
Congratulations to both families!
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.