Veteran obstetrician retires after delivering 5,000 babies

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In a career spanning four decades, Dr Jeff Tarr has delivered more than 5,000 babies.

The veteran fertility specialist welcomed Bindi and Robert Irwin, the children of the late “Crocodile Hunter”, Steve Irwin, into the world, among other children of high profile parents.

But after 40 years in the medical industry, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital gynaecologist and obstetrician has called it a day.

“The timing was right now for a variety of reasons,” he said.

Dr Tarr moved to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 1982.

He initially worked at Nambour General Hospital before starting at The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital (then named Buderim Private Hospital) in 1990.

The nature of his work meant he didn’t have time for hobbies, but Dr Tarr said he planned to rectify that in his retirement.

“As an obstetrician, you are required to be available for all hours and I could never commit to meeting someone [at the golf course]because I couldn’t guarantee I would be there for tee-off, so I don’t have any hobbies,” he said.

“[My wife and I] went to Iran in May and I loved that so maybe I could go to some of the more exotic places first while I can, because you can always do a wheelchair tour of Europe.”

Dr Tarr isn’t giving it all away, and will continue to consult a few hours per week, such is his love for the profession.

“I’ve had lots of mothers bring their babies back to see me and I keep running into heaps of them everywhere I go – in the supermarket, at the movies and even on overseas flights,” he said.

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital general manager Wallis Westbrook wished Dr Tarr a very happy retirement on behalf of the hospital and its staff and patients.

“I would like to thank Dr Tarr for the important role he has played in the lives of many Sunshine Coast families,” he said.

“Having a baby is an incredibly special time and he will long be remembered for helping to safely deliver their new baby into the world.”

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