Dr. Emily Jacobs was smack-dab in the middle of delivering a baby at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics when she noticed there was fluid everywhere. Of course, there’s really nothing unusual about amniotic fluid during the delivery of a baby, so Emily didn’t think much of it. Initially, she just assumed it was from her patient — until she took the time to look a little closer at what was really happening in the room.
Dr. Emily Jacobs is a 28-year-old OB-GYN resident at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, so when she learned that she was pregnant with her first child, she began planning her pregnancy and delivery down to a tee, according to Mommy Page. However, she ultimately learned a valuable lesson in the field of medicine; namely, that things don’t always go according to plan.
Emily officially began her residency on July 1, when she was already well into her third trimester. Residents are known to put in 80-hour weeks, on average, but the expectant mom said the rigorous schedule wasn’t bothering her too much. “I felt good the first three weeks, delivering babies and working night shifts at the hospital,” said Emily. “I wasn’t due until August 24.”
It was 4 a.m., with just three hours to go on Emily’s shift, when she was called to deliver what was either her second or third baby of the day. Shortly after the birth, she noticed what she assumed was amniotic fluid from the last patient on her scrubs. However, she would soon discover that her own water had broken. She was only 36 weeks, so it was a shock.
“It’s funny how fast you go from being a doctor to a patient — and you’re freaking out,” she said. “One minute you are in control, and then the next, you’re not.”
Emily began having contractions in short order, like normal, but she was worried because her baby was coming early. Having worked in the medical field, she knew too much to be comfortable.
“I’ve seen the good and the bad,” she said. “And I was worried because I was about a month early. Ideal is 39-40 weeks, but my baby was 36 weeks and one day.”
However, everything went well and Emily was able to deliver normally. Jett Eric Jacobs joined the world at about 3 p.m. weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. “He was pretty big for a 36-week baby,” said his mother.
Emily’s experience has been hugely beneficial for her career because now she can truly sympathize with the expecting mothers who come into the hospital in pre-term labor. “It’s definitely made me more empathetic and more aware of what it’s like going through some pregnancy complications,” she said, according to ABC News. “People will come in [who are] in preterm labor often … very worried about the health of their baby and health of themselves. Until [I went] through it, I can definitely appreciate just how worried and nervous you get.”
Jett is now 7-weeks-old and at home with his parents. According to Emily, he is “doing well.” We wish this beautiful, growing family all the best!