Doctor about to give birth helps patient deliver baby

'She was definitely in doctor mode'

(WKYT, Family photos via CNN)

A Kentucky woman who was preparing to give birth to her daughter put her own labor on hold to help a patient deliver her baby first.

Dr. Amanda Hess was being induced at Frankfort Regional Medical Center when she heard Halliday Johnson needed immediate attention. Because the on-call physician was not yet at the hospital, Hess threw on her hospital garb and got to work.

Johnson didn't know Hess was also in labor at the time and said she was "completely professional" throughout the delivery.

"She was definitely in doctor mode," Johnson said. "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."

NBC News reports Hess started having contractions a few minutes after she delivered Johnson's baby, but Hess said jumping into action was all in a day's work.

"Delivering other peoples' babies is something I do every day. And I'm more comfortable with delivering someone else's baby than my own, for sure."