“I noticed what I thought was amniotic fluid of the patient as the baby was delivering.
“It wasn’t until I left the room when I realized that it was my water that had broken.
“I was freaking out a little bit because we were still seeing patients and [my supervisor] just kind of smiled and told me to go back in one of the triage rooms and wait for her to confirm that it was my water.”
Keely Ulmer, Jacobs’ colleague,said:
“I happened to be on Labour and Delivery, so it was a pretty special experience to share with a special classmate.
“She did a wonderful job and her husband was very supportive. I am grateful to be part of the experience.”
A first-time mom, Jacobs believes her unique birth story has made her a better doctor who is “more understanding” of her expectant patients, she said.
“It’s definitely made me more empathetic and more aware of what it’s like going through some pregnancy complications.
“People will come in [who are] in preterm labour 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.”
The baby is now 7-weeks-old, at home and doing well, the report has said.