This Doctor Delivered a Baby, Then Immediately Gave Birth to Her Own

by SheKnows
Aug 1, 2017 at 12:35 p.m. ET
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There's so much to love about this story. According to People, Dr. Amanda Hess, a Kentucky obstetrician, was at the hospital to give birth to her own child when she pitched in to make sure another woman's baby was delivered safely.


The excitement all went down at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Kentucky, where Hess also works.

On July 23, Hess was resting in a hospital room — as a patient for a change — on the verge of becoming a mom for the second time. It came to her attention that a woman in labor down the hall, Leah Halliday-Johnson, was in distress.

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The on-call doctor had stepped out of the building, and Halliday-Johnson's baby's heartbeat was plummeting.

Halliday-Johnson was only 1 centimeter dilated upon arriving at the hospital, but this baby — her fourth child — was coming fast and furious.

Hess heard the commotion outside her own room and realized she might be needed.

“I heard nurses running down the hallway,” Hess recounted. “I said, ‘Do you guys need some help?'”

They did, so Hess donned some splash-proof boots over her flip-flops and headed down the hall. ROCK STAR.

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The on-call doctor had already been alerted about Halliday-Johnson, who'd been admitted after he left the building. He was on his way back, but Hess beat him to the punch. The on-call doctor had asked the nurses to help Halliday-Johnson keep from pushing, as her baby girl had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

But Superdoc Hess could see that waiting any longer would be a mistake.

“I said, ‘We don’t have time for that,’” Hess said.

“It was urgent that baby was delivered right away,” Hess told People. “Then I walked back and one hour later I started contractions.”

Halliday-Johnson's baby girl arrived safely, and Hess' own baby girl — Ellen Joyce — was born about 11 hours later at 9:30 the next morning. She joins big sister, Kate, who is 2.

“It was a perfect way to get my own labor started,” Hess said.

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Halliday-Johnson could not have been more grateful to Hess for jumping into the fray.

“It just goes to show you what an amazing person she is, what an amazing woman and mother and doctor,” she told Today.

Hess shrugged off the praise, saying her actions were "definitely more instinctual" than sitting in a room waiting for her own baby to arrive.

“I’m definitely better at taking care of patients myself as opposed to being a patient so it was just natural to get back into doctor mode,” she said in an interview with NBC. "Delivering other peoples' babies is something I do every day. And I'm more comfortable with delivering someone else's baby than my own, for sure.”

Hats off to the unflappable Dr. Amanda Hess — and welcome to both baby girls.