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Burnley midwife retires after 33 years

A MIDWIFE who has helped bring thousands of babies into the world over a 33 year period has picked a particularly poignant time to say goodbye to the profession.

Wendy Anderson, who works in the birth centre at Burnley General Hospital chose May 5, International Midwives Day as her swansong.

Wendy, 55 from Brierfield, said: “I’ve been involved in the delivery of thousands of babies over the years and I can’t think of anything better than seeing the happiness on the parents’ faces when their babies are born.

“I have enjoyed so many highs throughout my career and have loved every minute of my role. Both the staff I have worked with and the people I have cared for have been incredible.

“There have been significant changes to maternity services throughout my career, especially within the community services.

“I remember having to carry all the heavy equipment needed for home births compared to now where we have an efficient service that delivers all the necessary kit to the home of the expectant mothers.

“I am so proud to have been part of a team that has made significant improvements to maternity services where we are able to offer every expectant mother; convenient, effective help and support at a time and place which suits them, from the moment they find out they’re pregnant until after they have delivered their baby.”

For International Day of the Midwife, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will be celebrating at all three birth centres in Rossendale, Burnley and Blackburn.

In comparison to Wendy’s experience, Rebecca Roberts, 23 from Burnley, is a new midwife and officially joined the team in November 2011.

She said: “I love my job as a midwife and having trained at the old Burnley Unit to now be working in the new birth centre, shows the great improvements we have made to provide an excellent service to expectant mothers and their families.

“I enjoy my job as a midwife greatly and although I’m still a newbie, I’ve already delivered 82 babies.”

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5:47pm Sat 5 May 12

colnelad says...

can't understand why when a mid-wife retires it has to be published as news, people from all walks of life retire every day but dont feel the need to tell the world what they've been doing for the last 20 or 30 yrs
can't understand why when a mid-wife retires it has to be published as news, people from all walks of life retire every day but dont feel the need to tell the world what they've been doing for the last 20 or 30 yrs colnelad
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9:25pm Sat 5 May 12

Dickiepayshey says...

Well done that Lady !!!
Well done that Lady !!! Dickiepayshey
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9:52pm Sat 5 May 12

kateash says...

Enjoy your retirement Wendy. You are a fantastic midwife xxx
Enjoy your retirement Wendy. You are a fantastic midwife xxx kateash
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10:03pm Sat 5 May 12

2 for 5p says...

Good point colnelad
Good point colnelad 2 for 5p
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10:22pm Sat 5 May 12

Heretical says...

The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful
,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth.
This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies.
Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.
The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement. Heretical
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10:35pm Sat 5 May 12

colnelad says...

Heretical wrote:
The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.
End of the day it was her choice to be a midwife, yes congrats to her but i can't understand all the fuss at her retirement .....
[quote][p][bold]Heretical[/bold] wrote: The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.[/p][/quote]End of the day it was her choice to be a midwife, yes congrats to her but i can't understand all the fuss at her retirement ..... colnelad
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10:54pm Sat 5 May 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

colnelad wrote:
Heretical wrote:
The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.
End of the day it was her choice to be a midwife, yes congrats to her but i can't understand all the fuss at her retirement .....
She has brought people into this world, very emotional times for people that you never forget.
[quote][p][bold]colnelad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Heretical[/bold] wrote: The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.[/p][/quote]End of the day it was her choice to be a midwife, yes congrats to her but i can't understand all the fuss at her retirement .....[/p][/quote]She has brought people into this world, very emotional times for people that you never forget. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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11:10pm Sat 5 May 12

colnelad says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
colnelad wrote:
Heretical wrote: The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.
End of the day it was her choice to be a midwife, yes congrats to her but i can't understand all the fuss at her retirement .....
She has brought people into this world, very emotional times for people that you never forget.
yes you are correct about helping mums bring they young into this world, like mid-wifes brought my kids into this world but my point is why put it in the news when one of them retires.

If it was published every time a mid-wife retired you'd be thinking whats going on here just like me thats my point,theres a lot of people out there doing amazing jobs but when retirement calls they don't call the press to tell the world.
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]colnelad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Heretical[/bold] wrote: The reason it matters to people that for awoman a good,calm,thoughtful ,kind and reassuring midwife makes a huge difference when giving birth. This lady has assisted many women and their partners through the 'trauma' of childbirth and it can be very traumatic (think about that for a second,not all births have happy outcomes) and see the hopefully safe arrival of babies. Congratulations to her and a happy retirement.[/p][/quote]End of the day it was her choice to be a midwife, yes congrats to her but i can't understand all the fuss at her retirement .....[/p][/quote]She has brought people into this world, very emotional times for people that you never forget.[/p][/quote]yes you are correct about helping mums bring they young into this world, like mid-wifes brought my kids into this world but my point is why put it in the news when one of them retires. If it was published every time a mid-wife retired you'd be thinking whats going on here just like me thats my point,theres a lot of people out there doing amazing jobs but when retirement calls they don't call the press to tell the world. colnelad
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8:15am Sun 6 May 12

Andy H says...

Do midwives train to take Aqua natal classes still.We are looking for a aqua natal teacher at the Halstead centre pool in Rosegrove.
Do midwives train to take Aqua natal classes still.We are looking for a aqua natal teacher at the Halstead centre pool in Rosegrove. Andy H
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9:26am Sun 6 May 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Andy H wrote:
Do midwives train to take Aqua natal classes still.We are looking for a aqua natal teacher at the Halstead centre pool in Rosegrove.
I'm full qualified in various disciplines of stunt bombing entry into the pool, could I assist ?
[quote][p][bold]Andy H[/bold] wrote: Do midwives train to take Aqua natal classes still.We are looking for a aqua natal teacher at the Halstead centre pool in Rosegrove.[/p][/quote]I'm full qualified in various disciplines of stunt bombing entry into the pool, could I assist ? Cha'mone MF
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8:30pm Sun 6 May 12

monksyman says...

Wendy helped deliver my daughter on mothers day and she was amazing at such a scary emotional time. to all the pathetic negative feedback please get a life sad people.. a huge thank you from Becky and greig . hope you have a great retirement. x
Wendy helped deliver my daughter on mothers day and she was amazing at such a scary emotional time. to all the pathetic negative feedback please get a life sad people.. a huge thank you from Becky and greig . hope you have a great retirement. x monksyman
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