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101-year-old doctor gives pregnancy advice

June 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Retirement's something many people look forward to, but not Dr. Walter Watson. He's 101 years old, and he's still making rounds. He dispenses wisdom to all his patients, old and young.

He was born Feb. 25, 1910, but even at his age, Watson is not a man who likes to slow down.

"I enjoy the work, and I love to have something to get up for in the morning," he said.

Since going into private practice in 1947, he's delivered so many babies that after 15,000, he lost count.

"In fact, in the 50s and 60s, I was averaging delivering 50 and 60, sometimes 70 a month," Watson said.

Watson delivered 78-year-old Sabra Allen's five kids, including daughter Joy. He has also delivered and Joy's daughter Amy.

"You don't see doctors like that anymore," Allen said.

And he's seen it all, including the mistakes pregnant women make - some common ones that even smart women make - like sticking to your pre-pregnancy sleep schedule. Research in the American Journal of OB-GYN found that women who average less than six hours of sleep nightly during their nine months had longer labors and were four times more likely to have a C-section.

Another mistake is not taking your prenatal vitamins because they make you nauseous. When you do this, you rob your baby of nutrients needed for fetal development. To avoid feeling sick-always take them with food.

Another big mistake is eating for two. Your body doesn't need more calories to support the baby until the second trimester. Even then, you only need 300 more calories a day.

There's no need to cut out chocolate because it contains caffeine. A new study in the Journal of Early Human Development found that women who ate chocolate daily had calmer, happier babies. You can have up to 200 milligrams of caffeine daily - one Hershey's chocolate bar has only nine milligrams.

As for Watson, what's his secret?

"I eat right, try to rest and get exercise that I think my body could stand," he said.

Watson never misses a chance to say hello to a new arrival. While he doesn't deliver babies any more, he still makes his rounds at the hospital every day.

Watson has no plans to retire. As for his own family, Watson and his wife have five children, 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.


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