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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

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NEW CASTLE —

“A three-year-old told me, ‘I love you,’ ” Teh said. “Patients tell me they love me and I cry. I love my profession.”

His calming influence with little ones has also caused patients to tell him he should be in pediatrics, too.

THE END OF AN ERA

A native of Malaysia, Teh graduated from Taipei Medical College, Taiwan. His internship in obstetrics and gynecology was at Barberton Citizens Hospital, Barberton, Ohio, and his residency in that specialty was at Aultman Hospital in Canton. Before coming to New Castle, he spent one year at Youngstown’s Northside Hospitalfrom 1978 to 1979.

The physician said he was inspired to specialize in gynecology and obstetrics from a professor in Taiwan.

When he arrived in New Castle in 1979, he joined the practice of doctors French, Wright and Ginsberg before starting his own practice in 1984.

Dr. Sonia Paneser and Dr. Amy Shannon will take over the obstetrics portion of Teh’s practice, which will be called JHS Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Teh and his wife, JyHwa, have two sons, Eng Kat and Eng Khan, and two grandchildren.

He credits his wife for playing a large role in raising the children because of his unusual hours.

“My wife is a fantastic woman.”

It was a difficult decision to stop delivering babies, Teh said, and he made it with mixed emotions.

“I will miss holding all the babies in my hands but the happy part is there will be no more 2 and 3 a.m. emergency room calls.”

He still receives accolades from mothers.

“The other day at church, I talked to someone who said, ‘He delivered my son 21 years ago.’ ”

The age may change with each story that is told, but those tales always heap praise.

Eversole considers it a marvel that she has a family.

“He changed my life. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have two kids and three grandchildren.”

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