A Florida doctor who has delivered nearly 8,000 babies in his 32-year career is “tickled pink” over the final baby he delivered before retiring, even though the baby is a boy.
The reason for Dr. Jeffrey Koren’s joy is that the baby, a healthy 6 pounds, 4 ounces, is the son of a woman whom Koren delivered 18 years ago.
“It’s fun for me as a physician to have my last delivery be a woman whom I delivered 18 years ago,” Koren, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Orlando, told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “I can’t think of another way to end my career.”
Koren, 61, delivered not only the baby’s mom, Allesun Inman, but also her four siblings. When Inman, 18, became pregnant, she turned to Koren as her doctor.
Though Inman wasn’t due to give birth until early April, she went into labor March 19, just days before Koren’s final day as an obstetrician.
“I offered to induce because after March 31 I wouldn’t’ be delivering anymore babies, but I guess fate stepped in and she went into labor that morning and had a healthy baby,” Koren said.
The baby, named Kenneth Alden Daniels, is the first child for Inman and her fiancé, Kenneth Daniels. It was June 5, 1995, when Koren delivered Inman.
“I’ve always wanted to do four things in my career,” Koren said. “Deliver healthy babies, deliver twins, deliver triplets and deliver a baby of someone I’d brought into the world years earlier.
“I did that, ironically, on my last one.”
Koren plans to keep practicing as a gynecologist but is giving up his delivery duties in order to have a more routine schedule and to enjoy the new baby in his own life, he says.
“I need to slow down and enjoy time with my new grandchild I have and enjoy some restful nights with no phone going off at 3 a.m.,” Koren said. “My wife and I just felt the time was right.”