For Dr. Emily Emmet, an OB/GYN with Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, every day is like mother’s day. “I am there the moment a woman officially becomes a mother,” she shares wistfully. “It is such a cool thing to be a part of on a daily basis.”
Yet, despite her love for her current career, she does admit, when she was growing up, that her dreams were more Broadway-based — she had a passion for music and theater. But her destiny was to be a different, more spiritual story.
“When I was in high school, a missionary doctor came and spoke at my church. He talked about living a life dedicated to helping others. I truly believe that God spoke to me that night. I felt like He was calling me to become a physician,” shares the Euless mom of three [20-month-old twins Matthew and Joshua and 7-month-old Nathan]. “When I delivered my first baby as a medical student, I was hooked. Knowing that I was the first person to ever hold this new life was the most amazing feeling. Honestly, I still get that wondrous feeling to this day even though I have delivered more than 600 babies.”
What she does: And it’s that wonderful feeling and overwhelming desire to help others that continuously inspires Emmet.
“I get to be there when a couple hears their unborn child’s heartbeat for the first time and when they hear that first cry in the delivery room,” she confides. “Pregnancy is not just about ‘growing a baby.’ Patients are also growing into moms.”
Emmet says that her passion for her patients didn’t truly kick in until, she too, had experienced the development of motherhood from the other side of the stirrups.
“Becoming a mother has impacted every single aspect of my life, including how I see my patients,” she says. “I don’t think you can truly understand pregnancy until you have experienced it yourself. I have so much more compassion and empathy for my patients now. I understand what it feels like to not be able to sleep and feel exhausted and huge. There are a lot of things about pregnancy that they don’t teach you in medical school.”
How she does it: With a schedule that keeps her at the beck-and-call of her patient’s labor pains, Emmet admits that juggling work and motherhood can get difficult. But she says she owes her multi-tasking success to her wonderful support system. “As any working mom will tell you, it is tough sometimes,” she concedes. “My family is always my first priority. I am very lucky to have a wonderful husband [David] who understands and will take over for me when I have to go to the hospital in the middle of the night or have to stay late. My mom is also an enormous help.”
But it’s not just a crazy schedule that keeps this mom going; it’s also a wild, kid-infused household.
“Our house always seemed so quiet before the kids were born,” she shares. “Now it is full of giggles, silly songs and dancing. You will never realize how much you can love someone until you become a mom.”