Ilford midwife retires after delivering thousands of babies
PUBLISHED: 13:36 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:09 25 July 2017
Veteran midwife Sheila Baldwin has helped plenty of babies into world but she is retiring from the NHS after 30 years of service.
After a remarkable career, Sheila carried out her final shift at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, last week.
Before she started working for Barking, Havering, Redbridge University Hospital Trust (BHRUT) in 1987, Sheila worked abroad in Sierra Leone.
The newly qualified nurse was inspired to help others in a country less fortunate than ours after seeing a “heartbreaking appeal” on TV.
She said: “It was very different and healthcare was basic, but I loved it. It was one of the best times of my life.”
But she returned home three years later after missing her family.
On her return, Sheila started working for BHRUT, and started at Barking Community Hospital before working at King George and finally Queen’s Hospital.
Although she has no children of her own, Sheila has delivered countless babies of her fellow midwives over the years.
Even though times and medical technology have changed since 1987, Sheila’s passion for her job has never changed.
She has also helped train the next generation of midwives.
Sheila said: “I became a nurse because I wanted to care for others, and for my whole career I’ve loved my job.
“The most important part of it is looking after the women. Midwives are key people and so valued.
“I’ve been very happy at the trust; we have high standards and good people.
“I’ve also enjoyed the diversity of our staff, and found learning about other cultures very inspiring.
“I have mixed feelings as it is hard to leave, but the time is right to take some time for me and my family. I will continue to teach.”
After taking off the rest of July, Sheila will start teaching aspiring midwives three days a week at London South Bank University.
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