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Midwife retires after career spanning three decades

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Midwife Dawn Rees retired last week after a long career delivering babies at George Eliot Hospital.

Dawn started her career as a midwife at George Eliot Hospital in November 1987 and has seen the births of thousands of babies during her long career.

Her colleagues and families will no longer see her welcoming parents-to-be into the maternity unit after her 33 year long career. But she says the unit will always hold a special place in her heart.

Dawn said: "People joke and say that if I was a stick of rock I would have 'George Eliot Hospital Maternity Unit' running right through me.”

"I said I would retire earlier this year when I was 55 but then came Covid, and I said to myself 'stay and help get through it' now it seemed like the right time to leave.

"I was one of the last group of ten to train as a nurse in Nuneaton before it went to Coventry. There were five of us left, now there are four.

"I also love the people, I am going to miss them all, not just the midwives, the doctors, all of the staff, they are like family to me. My last day was overwhelming, so many people made such an effort and I had to make two journeys to my car because of all the presents.”

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