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December 26, 2013

Bye-bye, babies

After bringing more than 7,000 lives into the world, a New Castle obstetrician makes his final delivery

NEW CASTLE — It’s a bit of a blue Christmas for the obstetrician who loves Elvis Presley.

Dr. Pek Teh has delivered his last baby — more than 7,000 — in a career that goes back to 1974 and includes 34 years in New Castle.

Even he jokes that the king has left the building — a phrase that’s often associated with Elvis.

All joking matters aside, three generations of women in the Crespo family are forever grateful for Teh.

Tammie Eversole of Wampum credits Teh for performing surgery to allow her to have healthy pregnancies.

The result — the birth of two children.

One of them, her daughter, Terra Palumbo, also of Wampum, is thrilled that her daughter, Harper, is a “Christmas baby” born Dec. 4, 2012, and delivered by Teh at Jameson Hospital. And that makes a fourth generation of the family under his watch.

Rose Crespo — Palumbo’s grandmother and Eversole’s mother — was the first of the three who was a patient of Teh.

This moment is bittersweet for the physician who quickly stopped thinking about the difficulty of getting up at 3 or 4 a.m. once he held a newborn for the first time.

“I stopped being grumpy and forgot everything,” Teh said.

That feeling is akin to a mother forgetting her labor pains as soon as the baby is born.

“I love to see the babies,” he explained.” They are so beautiful, so cute, so innocent.”

Then, his voice cracked for a moment recalling all the memories.

Teh’s reassurances went a long way.

About a week before Palumbo was due, Teh was on vacation. Because she was feeling nervous and scared, Teh called from Florida to put her mind at rest.

Eversole and thousands of other appreciative mothers won’t forget Teh’s dedication, either.


After two miscarriages by Eversole — one of which was twins — more than 30 years ago, Teh diagnosed a unique problem after her mother suggested she consult with the physician. Eversole, who is a registered nurse, had a split uterus, which meant there was a wall built in the middle of the uterus that inhibited proper growth of fetuses. 

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