As if moms weren't already super humans for pushing babies out of their bodies, this mom just took the whole baby-delivery thing to the next level.
While in labor at the very hospital where she works, Dr. Amanda Hess, an OBGYN, overheard the nurses saying there was another patient in labor who desperately needed a doctor. So despite being in labor herself, Hess stepped up to the plate, waddled down the hall, and helped Leah Halliday Johnson deliver her baby.
It's a little something we like to call ~birth inception.~
Hess' colleague, Dr. Hala Sabry, shared a post on Facebook telling the story of the double delivery. She explained:
[W]hile 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!!
Hess clearly deserves some sort of award–and no one thinks so more than Halliday Johnson. "Pretty amazing what she did. I feel very lucky she was there and the type of person she is and step up to do what she did. We really appreciate her," the new mom told local news outlet Lex 18. The two women actually had several appointments together in the past, but Hess was not scheduled to perform Halliday Johnson's delivery, as it was so close to her own due date. (Clearly no one realized how little that would matter.) "I saw her three or four times, and I liked her a lot," Halliday Johnson told NBC News. "She wasn’t supposed to be on call since she was having a baby herself."
And even though Hess' actions were undeniably heroic, she seems pretty chill about the whole thing. She told NBC News, "I said you know, I'm not on call, I'm here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby."
Just a quick reminder that she was moments away from giving birth during all this.
Hess had been planning to work up until the last minute of her pregnancy – but not quite so literally. "I had actually taken a call the day before, so I thought really that I was working up to the last minute. But this was literally 'til the last second," she told Lex 18.
NBC News adds that Hess' contractions started several minutes after she delivered Halliday Johnson's little one, and that both women gave birth to baby girls. Is anyone else jealous these babies were born with a built-in BFF?