Baby boy is 8,000th baby for Detroit doctor
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 13 July 2013 05:10

DETROIT (AP) — Just call him Baby Doc.

When Austin Brian Jones was born Monday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he was the 8,000th baby delivered by Dr. Richard Smith. The almost 8-pound-at birth Austin was the first child of Lauren Hood and her husband Andrew Jones of Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press (

"Maybe I'll shoot for 10,000," Smith told the newspaper as he visited the mother and son later in the week at their hospital bedside. "Because it is one of the best things you can do to help new life come into the world and work with these wonderful families."

When Hood learned that she was pregnant, it was natural for her to call Smith, 61. The obstetrician gynecologist delivered her 24 years ago.

"I thought how amazing if the guy who delivered me, delivered my child," said Hood, who recently was in the Teach for America program teaching third-graders in Patterson, N.J.

Hood's mother, Brenda Hood, recalled Smith as her doctor.

"When I was having Lauren, I had complications," said Brenda Hood, 55, of Belleville. "Just the care he gave, I knew I was in good hands, so I wanted to ensure that my child was, too."

Smith said every birth is special. Others he remembered included twins who were 11 pounds each and a 1-pound girl who later became a mother of twins, who Smith delivered as well.

Smith is a graduate of Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. His first babies were delivered at a hospital that no longer exists. He has a warm spot for grandmothers because "they're right by their daughters' sides, working hard with them."

It's not unusual for a doctor to deliver thousands of babies. A 100-year-old Georgia doctor was honored in recent years for delivering more than 15,000 babies.

And if Hood is going to have another baby, she knows who she will call.

"Of course, Dr. Smith can deliver my next child," Hood said.


Information from: Detroit Free Press,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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