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Midwife Mary retires after 44 years

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: August 09, 2013

By Nick Horner

  • Community midwife, Mary Allen, retires from her role after 25 years in her community role and 44 with the NHS (pictured with colleagues and family wishing her well in her retirement). SFTS20130724JOB 05-1558_C0

  • Mary Allen is set to spend time with her family and particularly her two new grandchildren after retiring from the NHS following 44 year's service. SFTS2013 0724JOB 05-1557_C

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A 'VALUED' midwife who works from Good Hope Hospital has retired after serving over 40 years with the NHS.

Mary Allen finally hung up her uniform on July 24 and retired after 44 years service as a community midwife.

Mary has been based in Sutton and Erdington for the past 24 years, working in the community, first in Castle Vale and then for the past 13 years in Walmley.

Colleague Elaine Gahir, a fellow community midwife, said: "Mary was a much-valued member of the team and extremely reliable and professional.

"She has been a great supporter and advocate of Deanery Children's Centre since its opening and will be greatly missed by patients and midwives alike."

Mary has been responsible for a lot of the complementary therapies such as aromatherapy at Good Hope, which is used to help women suffering from stress and minor disorders of pregnancy. Since Mary's departure the aromatherapy care is no longer offered.

Elaine added: "She ran aromatherapy clinics once or twice a month. She was well known in Walmley and by anyone who had alternative therapy at Good Hope.

"She's a great team player, wonderful to work with and incredibly funny. She can also talk for England!"

Elaine will now spend more time with her family, particularly her two new grandchildren.

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