- Created on Monday, May 10 2010 18:33
While some women seek out younger doctors or perhaps a female doctor to serve in such an intimate role in their reproductive health, sisters Cynthia Penta of Stoneham and Antonella Martiniello of Revere said they couldn’t imagine any other doctor they would trust to deliver their children. Penta, 31, and Martiniello, 32, both were delivered by Logan. Their mother, Lucia DeMarco of Medford, remains his patient after 39 years.
“This is one of the best things in the world,’’ DeMarco said of Logan delivering three of her grandchildren — Alessia, 3, and Alessandro Penta, 6 months, and Giada Martiniello, 5 months — so long after delivering her daughters. “He is like a god to me — someone who would do anything to take care of children.’’
In 1975, Logan delivered Mea Mustone at the former New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, which has since closed. Mustone is now a mother of five: Quinn Margaret, 7, Teagan Elizabeth, 5, Cullen John, 4, Nevin Katherine, 2, and Rowan Mary, 1. (Logan delivered all but Nevin; he had to step out for five minutes and she couldn’t wait.) Mea decided to stay with Logan as her own doctor since she feels “he’s at the top of his game’’ and has a kindness that isn’t often seen.
“He’s a champion for women’s health — for women from all financial backgrounds,’’ said Mustone. “And it’s quite unique that he delivered me and has gone on to deliver my children. People I tell have never heard of such a thing.’’
All of the mothers said they feel a special bond with the veteran doctor, which isn’t unusual, according to Jennifer Gardner, maternal newborn social worker at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.
“I think that he becomes part of the family history — part of the fabric of the family,’’ said Gardner. “We generally trust the people who we have longstanding histories with, where there’s a story.’’
Danielle Jefferson, 29, of Wakefield, said she and her sister, Courtney Boyd of Stoneham, 24, were delivered by Logan, and Jefferson sought him out to care for her when she became pregnant.
“When I was born, Dr. Logan slept in the doctor’s lounge when my mom began having trouble before the delivery, to make sure that he was there,’’ said Jefferson. “That means something special to me.’’
A Boston native, Logan studied medicine at Tufts Medical School and completed his residency at the former Boston City Hospital, which is now Boston Medical Center. During the Vietnam War draft, his service was deferred while he was in medical school. However, once he graduated, Logan was required to serve and was stationed in Saigon for one year, where he performed thousands of deliveries. He returned to his roots and opened his first practice in the early 1970s in Melrose and later moved to Medford, where he works as part of Hallmark Health Medical Associates Inc. His practice at 101 Main St., Medford, has between 2,500 and 3,000 active patients.
Logan attributes his role in delivering more than one generation to practicing in the same area for so long. He also credited the communities he serves with having a deep-rooted and family-oriented base. He said the more tight-knit community hospitals, such as Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, both part of Hallmark Health System, provide a more relaxed relationship between doctors and patients.
“It used to be that doctors were on staff at many hospitals and it could be frantic and scattered,’’ said Logan. “It didn’t allow for the development of a more personal experience.’’
Logan, who has been married for 40 years and has five children and two grandchildren, marvels at the loyalty of some of his patients and doesn’t know of any colleagues who have delivered more than one generation. He has one patient whom he delivered who drives down from New Hampshire for care during her pregnancy, he said.
On occasion, too, Logan said, he sees soon-to-be fathers whom he led into the world many years before come into the office with their expectant wives.
While many doctors in his field retire in their 50s, Logan doesn’t appear to be slowing down, still delivering an average of 90 babies a year. He expresses his commitment to each patient, but acknowledges the added personal and professional bonus of delivering new generations.
“There is a bond between me and the moms — a trust, an emotional experience,’’ he said.
“What better endorsement can anyone have for what they do when you have women you’ve delivered come back to you to deliver their babies?’’ said Gardner. “His style strikes a chord with these families.’’
This story appeared in the Globe North edition of the Boston Globe on Sunday, May 9, 2010.