March 14, 2013 |
Charles A. Ritchie, 87, of Drexel Hill, an obstetrician who delivered hundreds of babies and enjoyed being reminded of that when they grew up, died Saturday, March 9, of an infection at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Ritchie was well-known in Philadelphia and Delaware County for his longtime practice of obstetrics and gynecology. In 2002, he was honored for 50 years of distinguished service by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Delaware County Medical Society. He had staff privileges at St. Vincent's Hospital in Southwest Philadelphia, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough, and Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill.
February 1, 2012 |
David M. Goodner, 68, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 30 years, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, of Alzheimer's disease at Arden Court in Cherry Hill. Dr. Goodner practiced with Professional Health Care for Women in Center City. He was on the staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. During his career, he delivered 5,000 babies to mothers who often traveled long distances to receive his care, his daughter, Alyson, said.
November 20, 2008 |
Terry M. German, 72, of Upper Gwynedd, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Albert Einstein Medical Center for 35 years, died of acute respiratory distress syndrome Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. German delivered more than 3,000 babies, taught at Temple University School of Medicine, was medical director for Blue Cross, wrote clever lyrics and acted in plays and, for years, organized an enormous Seder dinner for more than 170 family members. The first night of Passover was special for Dr. German and generations of relatives.
June 19, 2008 |
RICKI LAKE is ticked off at doctors and she's firing back. Lake, whose film "The Business of Being Born" is a documentary about maternity care, and who's shown in the film giving birth in her apartment, is mad that physicians groups have singled her out for bringing attention to at-home childbirth. The former talk-show host was named in a recent statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, saying that the home is not the safest setting for having a baby.
May 26, 2005 |
Oliver S. Thresher, 81, of Chatham, Chester County, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, died of leukemia May 14 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Dr. Thresher maintained an office at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia for 45 years until he retired in 1996. He was affiliated with Frankford, Rolling Hills, Jeanes, and Northeastern Hospitals and St. Mary Medical Center. His daughter Sally said Dr. Thresher had a large practice. "He was on call every other night," she said.
January 11, 2005 |
For Main Line obstetrician Nancy Roberts, the best thing about belonging to a big physicians practice isn't choosing her own staff or picking her benefits, it's stepping back into the delivery room. About three years ago, the high-risk pregnancy specialist gave up deliveries at Lankenau Hospital, partly because of high malpractice costs of $118,000 a year, she said. But as a member of a new private mega-practice, Roberts can start delivering babies again this month - at about half the cost of her old insurance.
December 16, 2004 |
Daniel J. McCarron, 90, of Media, an obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered thousands of babies in his 60-year career, died of heart failure Dec. 8 at Lankenau Hospital. "He loved giving life to others," his daughter, Mimi Byrne, said. She said her father delivered babies - including his grandchildren - into his 80s. "He would come home from his vacation to deliver your baby because he promised you he would," she said. Dr. McCarron was on the staffs of Riddle Memorial Hospital and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and had an office in Upper Darby.
November 30, 2003 |
Dr. Burton L. Wellenbach, 84, of Haverford, an emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University who helped bring new life into the world for more than 40 years, died of complications of an infection Wednesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. "Everywhere I go," his daughter-in-law Tricia Wellenbach said, "if women hear my last name, they come up to me and tell me that my father-in-law had delivered them, or their children, or their grandchildren. " Sometimes, she said, he delivered all three generations.
February 10, 2003 |
A major report on the causes of cerebral palsy is renewing debate over how often, and how much, a physician is to blame when a baby is born with the disorder. The 95-page document, issued by two leading physicians groups, concludes that cerebral palsy is rarely caused by lack of oxygen, or asphyxia, during labor and delivery. It also sets out nine criteria for judging whether a child's disability is due to asphyxia, and whether it occurred during birth. Trial lawyers have denounced the report as self-serving and dangerous.
July 4, 2002 |
For 22 years, obstetrician Joel P. Lebed spent every holiday worrying about who's having a baby. But no more. That's because he spent Memorial Day weekend on the telephone, calling more than 100 pregnant patients, disappointing one after the other by telling them he would not be able to deliver their babies. "I cried . . . I got hysterical," Tabatha Miller said. "When you are pregnant, especially when it is your first, you count on this person and he becomes an important part of your life.