This OBGYN had back-to-back deliveries scheduled, but didn't plan on one being her own.
Dr. Emily Jacobs, 28, a resident at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, gave birth to a baby boy, Jett Jacobs, in August while working a night shift, delivering other peoples’ babies.
“I probably didn’t sleep for 72 hours,” Jacobs told InsideEdition.com. “It was a really busy night, and there was a lot I needed to do.”
She said at the time, she was eight months pregnant and she didn’t even feel her water break as she was assisting another mom through her labor.
“I delivered the baby and I finished up with the mom, and I go to the locker room to change out of my scrubs,” she explained. “That’s when I realized that was my water. It all happened so fast.”
She immediately alerted the other OBGYN who was working that night and began having contractions about an hour later.
“My first thought was, ‘Oh crap, this is a month early,’” Jacobs said. “I was worried that I was going to have a more complicated labor than other moms. I was nervous and I needed someone to reassure me.”
Luckily, Jacobs was able to deliver her baby naturally, and except for a little jaundice and blood sugar issues, side effects of being born a month early, baby Jett was developing normally.
“He is doing really well now, almost at his two month appointment," Jacobs said. "He’s gaining weight now, everything’s great."
Jacobs, who was 27 weeks pregnant when she began her residency in July, said that despite having extensively studied pregnancy complications, it wasn’t until she went through pre-term labor that she could empathize with her patients.
“I was kind of shocked – I knew the answer to everything mostly, but when it happened to me, I was asking the same questions just because I was nervous,” she explained. “I feel like I give them better advice now.”