Most new mothers look forward to a well-deserved maternity leave after giving birth, giving them some time away from work to spend with their baby.
But some people never know how to give it a rest.
That was the case for Hilary Conway, an OB-GYN at Washington’s Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, who recently got to be on the other side of the job when she gave birth to her second child.
But thanks to an unlikely coincidence, she was called into duty that same night.
Dr. Conway has always taken great care of her patients, and says it’s important for her to be there when the big moment finally arrives.
“It’s always important for me to help my patients deliver,” Conway told TODAY Parents. “Each of my patients means so much to me, and I really try to be there for all of their deliveries.
“To miss the delivery is like missing the culmination of everything you have known for nine months and sometimes more.”
So it hurts when life gets in the way and Conway is unable to be there for the delivery—especially when she has a special bond with the patient. That was the case with a woman named Katie Moss, pregnant with twins, who had been in Conway’s care for many months.
“Katie was my patient for close to a year before she was my OB patient, and she is someone I easily relate to,” Conway explained to People. “I think we bonded on a number of levels during this time prior to her becoming pregnant.”
But one major thing bonding the two women together: they were both pregnant.
Their due dates were only a month apart, making it unlikely that Conway would be able to be there for Moss’s delivery.
“I was sad,” Conway told Inside Edition. “In our last visit, we both expressed sadness that I wouldn’t be there and she came to accept it like I had come to accept it.”
But while she couldn’t be there in person, Conway gave Moss her personal cell phone number, something she normally didn’t give out to per patients.
On the afternoon of December 12, Conway successfully gave birth on schedule to a baby girl named Verna Pearson.
But later that night, she got a text—it was from Moss, who was going into labor.
After finding the message, Conway checked the nurses station to see if Moss had been admitted yet—and was stunned to find out that she was in the room right next door.
So, while she had only given birth hours before and was still on bed rest, Conway did something amazing:
She showed up to deliver Moss’s twins.
“I got a lot of support—the nurses watched my baby while I was doing the delivery and my partner came to support me in case I had to be called away,” she told Inside Edition.
“The timing was perfect.”
It seems like an incredible feat of endurance—but for Conway, it was a no-brainer. She jumped at the opportunity to be there for her patient.
“As soon as I realized that delivering Katie was feasible, I was beyond thrilled for the privilege of being there,” she told People.
And Moss, naturally, was shocked to see her OB-GYN on her feet.
“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.”
“She was like, ‘Well, since I’m here, I might as well deliver your babies.'”
With Conway’s help, Moss successfully delivered twin boys. When everything was taken care of, her OB-GYN left as though nothing unusual had just happened.
“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,” Moss added.
Because for Dr. Conway, making the delivery hours after giving birth herself was no big deal. What was really incredible was the bizarre coincidences involved in making it happen.
“What is amazing is how perfectly the timing worked out,” Conway told Today. “This was a delivery I didn’t want to miss, and somehow the stars aligned that she was admitted before I was discharged, she labored quickly so that I could deliver between feeds, and that I had given her my cell phone number.”