Doctor's 8,000th baby delivery marks a generation milestone

Doctor's 8,000th baby delivery marks a generation milestone

Posted: Updated:
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (MyFoxDetroit) -

Austin Brian Jones, weighing in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. made one special delivery. He was the doctor's 8,000th delivery, but there's more to the story than that.

Doctor Richard Smith, a Henry Ford obstetrician, delivered baby Austin on Monday, July 8, via a c-section baby - 24 years after Dr. Smith delivered Austin's mother, Lauren Hood, the same way.

And baby Austin made quite an entrance. Hood explains, "He was butt first, and Dr. Smith was like, 'He's peeing! He's peeing!' And they're like, 'Oh wait! They don't know what it is!' And I'm like, we do now!"

Hood and husband Andrew Jones learned right then they had a boy. They also learned that boy is the 8,000th child delivered by Dr. Smith.

"When I was having Lauren, I had complications. And just the care he gave, I knew I was in good hands, so I wanted to ensure my child was, too," explains baby Austin's grandmother, Brenda Hood.

Lauren was teaching in New Jersey for part of her pregnancy, but she traveled to Detroit just to see Dr. Smith for her pre-natal care.

"I've been delivering babies for almost 40 years, and it's been actually remarkable. It's been such a great feeling. We've seen the delivery of health care change so much since those early days, and it's remarkable where we've come as a medical community, and what we can do for women and the children these days," Dr. Smith tells Fox 2's Amy Lange.

The 61-year-old doctor adds he's not done delivering those bundles of joy. "I did 8,000, maybe I'll shoot for 10,000 because it is one of the best things to do, to help new life come into the world and work with these wonderful families."

Baby Austin's mom and dad say they're already planning for baby number two, and they're hoping for a girl, and they know just who they want to deliver her.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:43:10 GMT
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
  • Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:56 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
  • Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:45:20 GMT
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices