While most women rest and recover after the physical and mental stress of childbirth, one doctor delivered her patient’s twins 14 hours after giving birth herself.
When Dr Hilary Conway had her baby girl on December 12, she knew that meant she would miss the deliveries of her patients.
However, while feeding her new baby at 3am, the doctor got a text from a patient saying her water broke prematurely and she was in the same hospital in Washington state where she would have an induced labor.
To Dr Conway’s surprise, the patient was in the room next door. She got out of the hospital bed and into scrubs to deliver the twins that she had monitored throughout the pregnancy.
While some consider the delivery exceptional, Dr Conway said she was just doing her job and that this was a birth she didn’t want to miss.
Gynecologist Dr Hilary Conway had given birth to her daughter Verna 12 hours before delivering her patients’ twin boys
Luke and Soren Moss were delivered in the early hours of December 13 in a Washington hospital room right next door to where Dr Conway was staying with her new baby
Dr Conway said she and her patient Katie Moss have a special doctor-patient relationship since they both were pregnant at the same time.
Dr Conway, a Washington-based gynecologist, gave birth to her second child Verna Mai Pearson at 1.04pm on Tuesday.
Just 14 hours later she saw the text from Moss that said her water had broken early and she was on the way to deliver the twins.
‘I told her I was really sad that she wouldn’t be delivering me,’ Moss said of the text.
Her due date was mid-January, but twins are often born premature, prior to 37 weeks.
Dr Conway said that she walked out of her room and asked if Moss was there and learned that she was staying in the room next door.
After leaving her daughter with nurses, Dr Conway went to Moss’s room wearing her scrubs.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BODY AFTER CHILDBIRTH?
During the days and weeks after the delivery of your baby (postpartum period), your body will change as it returns to its non-pregnant condition.
Afterpains are contractions that occur to shrink the uterus which can take between six to eight weeks.
Sore muscles especially in the arms, neck, or jaw are common after childbirth due to the strength exerted during delivery. The soreness should go away in a few days.
Bleeding and vaginal discharge may last for two to four weeks and can come and go for about two months.
If you had a c-section you may have pain in your lower belly for one to two weeks.
Breast engorgement is common within three to four days after delivery when the breasts begin to fill with milk.
‘I was hoping to see her maybe the next day but not so soon and so awake,’ Moss told TODAY. ‘She looked completely normal — unlike she just had a baby half a day earlier.’
After the women joked about the coincidence of being right next door and delivering at the same time,Dr Conway went into doctor mode.
The gynecologist watched her patient’s contractions with the other nurses.
The induced labor took about two hours which Dr Conway said was perfect timing in between feeding.
Luke Moss was born at 4.50am and Soren at 5.38am, just 14 hours after Dr Conway had given birth to baby Verna.
‘Once it was all over and my boys were here, she simply said she was tired and going to get some more sleep before the morning,’ said Moss.
Dr Conway returned to her daughter and went back to being a patient to fully recover from the physical stress of childbirth.
‘Each of my patients means so much to me, and I really try to be there for all of their deliveries’ said Dr Conway.
‘Honestly, I think it’s harder on us as physicians to miss deliveries than it is for the patient — to miss the delivery is like missing the culmination of everything you have known for nine months and sometimes more,’ she added.
Dr Conway has chalked the experience up to serendipity saying that all the circumstances were right for her to deliver the twins.
Katie Moss and her husband Daniel had twins just 14 hours after Dr Conway gave birth
The twins were due mid-January but were born premature, before 37 weeks