As any woman who have ever given birth will probably tell you, it can be a very painful, memorable and fulfilling experience. Depending on how it all goes down, of course. That’s why so many women take the time to create 30-plus page birth plans, pack their hospital bags well in advance and scout out the best doctors, midwives and doulas around.
It’s the kind of day where you definitely want things to go according to plan, if and wherever possible. That’s why this story of a doctor — who was in labour herself — and helped another woman deliver a baby is so heartwarming.
Dr. Amanda Hess, an OB/GYN in Frankfort, Kentucky, was at the hospital and in labour when she heard that a fellow about-to-be mom was fully dilated. Unfortunately, the woman’s doctor wasn’t going to make it on time, and she had to hold off on pushing.
Hess knew the woman from a checkup several days before, so she decided to step in and save the day. She threw on an extra robe to cover up her bare bottom, put some booties over her shoes to avoid spreading any fluids and headed on into the delivery room to help the woman have her baby. Then she went back into her own room and had her daughter.
Now that’s a superwoman.
“She was just glad to be able to get to push and have the baby out and not have to wait any longer,” Hess later explained. “You know I love doing what I do. I love taking care of mothers and babies and, really, a lot of doctors are always thinking of their patients even when they’re a patient themselves.”
While we’re not so sure ALL doctors would have done what Hess did, the thought is pretty commendable. After all, we like to think of our doctors as superheroes who aren’t necessarily prone to their own medical mishaps and incidents.
Well, Hess not only just reminded us that doctors are human too, but that sometimes they’re also the closet thing we have to real superheroes.