‘She pulled the baby out herself!’ Kentucky midwife delivers her own baby ... by C-section.

Emily Dial, a midwife, delivered her own baby by C-section on Sunday at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
Emily Dial, a midwife, delivered her own baby by C-section on Sunday at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Sarah Hill Photography

Central Kentucky midwife Emily Dial helped deliver her own baby via Caesarean section at Frankfort Regional Medical Center on Sunday.

“It was truly a full circle moment,” Dial said in a report at “It was tying together the two things I love the most: my family and my career. It truly was one of the happiest moments of my life.”

“It’s going to be hard to pass this moment,” she said in an interview Wednesday.

Harrodsburg photographer Sarah Hill documented the birth and shared the story with media outlets.

“My amazing midwife Emily Dial not only had a C-Section today but SHE PULLED THE BABY OUT HERSELF!!!!!!” Hill shared on Facebook. “It was unreal. To say that she is amazing, is an understatement. She was meant to bring babies into this world and didn’t let a little thing like a C-Section stop her from delivering her own!”

Dial scrubbed in for surgery just as if she were about to deliver another woman’s baby and not her own, pulling gloves up over her IV.

Obstetricians Dr. Mark Wainwright and Dr. Amanda Hess assisted with the delivery.

Hill said Wainwright made the incision in Dial’s abdomen and after breaking her water helped guide her hands to the baby.

“To watch her colleagues rally around her and make this happen was so beautiful,” Hill wrote.

After Dial grasped the baby, she lifted the child up out of her abdomen on her own.

She told, “I kept putting her down on my abdomen, but kept wanting more! That’s why you see me set her down, then bring her back up several times. I didn’t want to break sterile field, but I wanted to kiss her sooo bad!”

Hill said everyone in the room watched the mother meet her baby face to face.

“It was just flawless,” Hill said in an interview. “It was just an incredible moment.”

Dial said she had said beforehand that “if it doesn’t work out, it’s fine.”

But when the time came, she said everything worked perfectly.

“She was in the right position. I felt good,” she said. “I guess it’s kind of second nature (to me) to pull babies out.”

She said the delivery took about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Dial and her husband, Daniel, did not learn the gender before the birth. Dial said the moment she learned that the baby was a girl was just as exciting as helping deliver her, since she had convinced herself it was a boy.

Emma Kaye weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and is the Dials’ third baby. They have a daughter who is 4. Their son Grayson, born in 2012, died when he was 10 days old as a result of a serious birth defect, Dial said.

Dial said she and baby Emma Kaye went home from the hospital Tuesday, and both are doing well.

Dial, of Lawrenceburg, is a nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife with Women’s Care of the Bluegrass. She delivered Hill’s youngest child in 2016.

Dial began planning to help deliver her own baby in the early stages of her pregnancy, and she asked Hill to document the event.

“As soon as she found out she was pregnant, she told me this was her plan,” Hill said.

Dial said she knows it wouldn’t be practical for most women to do what she did, but she hopes other moms-to-be can take away the lesson that “they can have a great experience and really savor the moment, regardless of C-section or no.”

Since sharing the story, Hill said she’s heard from many women who delivered babies by C-section who have told her that the photographs helped them better visualize their own birthing experiences, since the mother’s view is often obstructed.

“I’ve been blown away by the response of women,” she said. It “touched me incredibly.”

Hess, one of the obstetricians who helped with the delivery, has her own unique delivery story. While she was preparing to give birth at Frankfort Regional in July, Hess, already wearing a hospital gown, delivered another woman’s baby because that woman was in active labor and her doctor hadn’t arrived.

“Frankfort Regional’s full of amazing women,” Hill said.