Midwife Nirmala Sharma, celebrated her 70th Birthday this week and is still doing the job she loves – delivering babies at George Eliot Hospital.
Nuneaton resident Nirmala qualified in 1980 before joining the George Eliot Hospital on the 1 March 1990. She currently works in the triage section of the maternity unit after spending nearly 30 years as a community midwife.
Her long career has seen her deliver more than 1000 babies including two generations of children in some local families.
Nirmala’s family celebrated her birthday on the 13th February with a surprise family meal and her colleagues also showered her with cards and surprises to celebrate her special day.
Nirmala said: “I’m a huge fan of the TV programme “Call the Midwife” and I still remember living many of the experiences showcased on the programme, including using the red telephone boxes and having to go out at the drop of a hat when you got a call to say a mum-to-be was in labour.
“I would encourage anyone to qualify as a midwife at any age. My job is so rewarding and I never get tired of seeing those beautiful little miracles every day. It is an honour to be a midwife and I just love it. Age is just a number and I have absolutely no intention of retiring just yet. This is my hobby, my life.”
“I have worked with some amazing colleagues at all levels during my career and I am extremely proud to work for the George Eliot Hospital and the NHS.”
Pregnant women and their partners can find out more about the maternity unit at George Eliot Hospital on our website. Maternity (geh.nhs.uk)