A pregnant doctor, Emily Jacobs went into premature labour while delivering another woman’s child.
According to ABC news, the 28-year-old obstetrician-gynaecologist welcomed a baby boy, Jett Jacobs a few hours later at University of Lowa Hospitals and Clinics.
She said, “I noticed what I thought was amniotic fluid of the patient as the baby was delivering.
“It wasn’t until I left the room when I realized that it was my water that had broken.
“I was freaking out a little bit because we were still seeing patients and [my supervisor] just kind of smiled and told me to go back in one of the triage rooms and wait for her to confirm that it was my water.”
Jacobs’ colleague, Keely Ulmer, MD, was “shocked” to learn her fellow doctor had gone into labour a month early.
“I happened to be on Labour and Delivery, so it was a pretty special experience to share with a special classmate.
“She did a wonderful job and her husband was very supportive. I am grateful to be part of the experience,” said Ulmer, 28, who helped deliver Jacobs’ child.
A first-time mom, Jacobs believes her unique birth story has made her a better doctor who is “more understanding” of her expectant patients, she said.
“It’s definitely made me more empathetic and more aware of what it’s like going through some pregnancy complications,” she added.
“People will come in [who are] in preterm labour often. Very worried about the health of their baby and health of themselves. Until [I went] through it, I can definitely appreciate just how worried and nervous you get.”
Now at 7 weeks old, baby Jett is home, happy and doing well,” Jacobs said.