January 27, 2010 01:50:38
Posted By Oak Grove Midwife
"Great-gran Maggie Jones's midwife skills were honed in the days when Hitler's bombs were raining down on British towns and cities. More than 50 years after her last birth, her know-how was put to use again in a family emergency, at the age of 90 Maggie turned back the clock to deliver her great-granddaughter Carys when it was clear the duty midwife would not be there in time for expectant mum Kathy Shah.
Kathy, 32, said: "There came a point when I realised I couldn't wait any longer. That's why we called my gran. We're so lucky she lives next door. She was totally amazing and just so calm."
Widow Maggie delivered up to seven babies a night in wartime and thousands more during her career as a midwife. She said yesterday: "I received a phone call telling me to come round because the baby was on its way but I just assumed they wanted me for moral support. When I arrived I realised it was more serious and it soon got to the point where I knew my services might be required. I thought to myself, 'Maggie, it's time to wash your hands and don your overalls,' and I just jumped right in to help. I was a bit worried because Kathy was on the living room floor and not on a bed. If there are complications, such as a breach, you really need to be on a bed. But we had no problems and I was thrilled to welcome little Carys into the world. She is gorgeous. The birth just couldn't have gone any better. It was certainly worth coming out of retirement for."
Carys, who weighed in at 7lb 7oz, is Kathy and husband Keval's second child after Dylan, born 19 months ago ..."
Full story via mirror.co.uk
I really miss being able to call my 'gran'.