She Went from Doctor to Patient Incredibly Quickly

'It wasn't until I left the room when I realized that it was my water that had broken' — not her patient's, said this physician

by HealthZette Staff | Updated 22 Sep 2017 at 8:14 AM

A doctor who was nearing the end of her own pregnancy was helping to deliver a patient’s baby when she unexpectedly went into labor. Dr. Emily Jacobs, a 28-year-old OB-GYN resident at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, said she noticed amniotic fluid on her scrubs, but thought it was her patient’s.

Emily Jacobs during her pregnancy (photo credit: Emily Jacobs, Facebook)

“It wasn’t until I left the room when I realized that it was my water that had broken,” Jacobs told ABC News.

Jacobs, who was 36 weeks pregnant and about three weeks into her residency, borrowed a med student’s cellphone and called her husband before her supervisor, who is also her obstetrician, took over.

“It’s funny how fast you go from being a doctor to a patient — and you’re freaking out,” Jacobs told the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

“One minute you are in control, and then the next, you’re not.”

Hours later, on July 28, Jacobs gave birth to Jett Eric Jacobs, who weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. While Jett was healthy, Jacobs developed mastitis and required three days of antibiotics and extra hospitalization, the Press-Citizen reported.

"The running joke in the medical field is that OBs seemed to always have complicated pregnancies and deliveries," she told the news outlet. "But I think all of this will make me a better doctor. Now I can empathize with my patients 100 percent. When they tell me mastitis is worse than labor, I can tell them I totally agree."

This Fox News article is used by permission.

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