Midwife retires after 29 years at hospital

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A MIDWIFE who has helped to deliver thousands of babies has retired after nearly 30 years at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Gill Lesley, who has been a midwife for 38-years, 29 of them at the hospital, was presented with flowers and gifts when she retired on Thursday.

“In 38 years, babies still come out the same way but things have changed – I think maternity services have been designed more to meet the needs of mothers and families. There is a push to home birthing. Babies are the backbone of society.

“It has enriched my life. I have also worked with schools talking to them about families and babies and I teach baby massage.

“Through the good times and the bad times, I feel really privileged to have been part of those people’s lives.”

Gill is a member of the Pakenham Players drama group and also plans to spend her retirement rambling, travelling the UK with her husband in a camper van and spending time with her family.