Kentucky Doctor In Labour Delivers Another Mom’s Baby!

Now this is dedication!  One Kentucky doctor sprung into action to help another mom deliver her baby while in labour herself.

Dr. Amanda Hess with baby Ellen

Dr. Amanda Hess was preparing to give birth to her second child on Sunday when she heard another mom delivering at the same hospital was in distress and needed immediate attention.  With the on-call physician on the way, Dr. Hess put boots on over her flipflops and another hospital gown to cover her back, and assisted the mom-to-be Leah Halliday Johnson through her delivery.

During an interview with NBC Dr. Hess said, “I said you know, I’m not on call, I’m here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby.”

Leah was unaware that Dr. Hess was in labor, and said the doctor was completely professional throughout the delivery.

“She was definitely in doctor mode,” the new mom told NBC. “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.”

Dr. Hess safely delivered Leah’s baby girl and then welcomed her baby Ellen.

The story that was posted by another one of the hospital’s doctors on Facebook, has been shared almost 2,000 times.

The two moms haven’t spoken since the delivery but Leah said she’s grateful she stepped in.

“She’s definitely earned her time off,” Leah added. “I appreciate what she did for my family, and it speaks a lot to who she is as a woman and a mother as well as a doctor. It makes you feel better, bringing a baby girl into the world, knowing there are women like her willing to step up like that.”

“Delivering other peoples’ babies is something I do every day,” Dr. Hess said. “And I’m more comfortable with delivering someone else’s baby than my own, for sure.”


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Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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