STATES CHRONICLE – Just when she was delivering a woman’s baby, a pregnant resident doctor from Iowa noticed something unusual with her. Soon after she left the room, she realized she had actually gone into labor, even though she wasn’t due until a month later. Fortunately, a friend and colleague of hers delivered her own baby, who is now healthy and happy with his parents.
The pregnant resident was helping with another woman’s delivery
On July 28th, Emily Jacobs, a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospital, was right in the middle of a birth, as she was helping a woman deliver her child. Suddenly, she noticed something which looked like amniotic fluid.
Initially, she didn’t give too much attention to it but, soon after she left the delivery room, she realized that was her water which had broken. This came unexpectedly, as the woman wasn’t due until August 24th.
Also, she had recently started her residency, and had spent many hours in the hospital, especially during night shifts. At first she felt really good, but the high amount of work and tiredness might have affected her pregnancy, triggering it long before the term.
The pregnancy went alright, as the baby is now in good health
Fortunately, Jacobs’ colleague and friend, resident Keely Ulmer, was on the same shift that day. She came and checked up on the pregnant woman, and helped her with the delivery. Besides them was one of their professors, who made sure everything went fine.
Although the baby was born prematurely, the entire delivery went perfectly fine, and the boy had no serious complications. Jett Eric Jacobs had to be kept under close supervision, as he was still weak, and had low blood pressure and jaundice. Fortunately, he recovered quickly, and could go home with his parents.
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