He’s delivered enough babies to fill the concert and theatre spaces at the Sydney Opera House twice, but Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) obstetrician Dr Geoff Paul has made his final delivery.
The highly-esteemed obstetrician helped Belinda and Lee Miles welcome baby Annabel into the world late last month.
In an extraordinary 37 year career, Dr Paul has delivered more than 15,000 babies, including 136 sets of twins and two sets of triplets.
But after overseeing Annabel’s birth, Dr Paul said the time was right to move on.
“I have been extremely lucky because my career has spanned incredible developments in obstetrics,” he said.
“Literally obstetrics has come out of the dark ages. Ultrasound has to be the single most important development in that it allows you to know about the unborn baby.”
Dr Paul has made most of his deliveries at the San, but he has also worked at Hornsby and the former Crown Street Women’s hospitals.
It was fitting that his final delivery was a special one, with Dr Paul having also delivered Annabel’s father, Lee.
“I will miss it, but the other thing I will miss is working with an incredible group of people,” he said.
Dr Paul isn’t leaving it all behind, however, and will continue assisting with caesareans and other surgeries.
He will also continue as the obstetrics representative at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School.