Dr. Hilary Conway woke up early Wednesday, Dec. 13, to feed her newborn daughter, Verna Mai, from her bed at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital.
Then she checked her phone. There was a text. One of the doctor’s patients wrote to say that her water broke and she was on her way in deliver twins. Early. Also at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital.
So what did Dr. Hilary Conway do? She got out of bed at 3 a.m., put on a pair of scrubs and went to find her patient. A mere 14 hours after giving birth.
“I walked out into the hallway and asked if she was here, and they said, ‘She’s right next door.’ I thought to myself, ‘I got this.’ ”
Dr. Conway and Katie Moss headed to the operating room, and twins Luke and Soren were born at 4:50 a.m. and 5:38 a.m.
“I would have been really sad to have missed this baby,” said Dr. Conway, an OB/GYN with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. “It was a magical thing that she was here and right next to me.” Her family, with husband Dr. Joel Pearson, is now four with new daughter Verna Mai and son Thor, 22 months.
“Dr. Conway and I became really close,” said patient Katie. “She helped us become pregnant, so it’s very personal.” The Moss family, with Katie and her husband, Daniel, have become five with son Gabriel, 4, and the twins.
“We’re really excited they’re here before Christmas!” said Katie.
Photo: Dr. Hilary Conway holds her new daughter, Verna Mai