"I thought that I was working up to the last minute, but this was literally 'til the last second."

By Faith Brar
Updated: July 31, 2017

Ob-gyn Amanda Hess was getting ready to give birth herself when she overheard that a woman in active labor needed help because her baby was in distress. Dr. Hess, who was about to be induced, didn't think twice before putting her own labor on hold and volunteering to help the woman and her baby.

Dr. Hess had examined Leah Halliday Johnson "three or four times" during her pregnancy, but wasn't her ob-gyn, according to NBC News. Even though Halliday Johnson's primary doctor was on her way to the hospital, Dr. Hess knew that the baby needed to be delivered immediately. So naturally, she put on another gown to cover her back and put splash boots over her flip-flops to go get the job done, according to a Facebook post from her colleague.


In fact, Dr. Hess was so nonchalant about the whole thing that Halliday Johnson didn't even notice that something was off. "She was definitely in doctor mode," Halliday Johnson 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 ended up going into labor naturally just minutes after delivering Halliday Johnson's baby safely. "I had actually taken a call the day before, so I thought really that I was working up to the last minute," Hess said. "But this was literally 'til the last second."

Halliday Johnson, of course, couldn't be more grateful. "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," she said. "It makes you feel better, bringing a baby girl into the world, knowing there are women like her willing to step up like that."


Comments (1)

August 1, 2017
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