Midwife stunning to discover she delivered her own student more than 20 years ago
By Hayley Pugh
A midwife has been left stunned after discovering she delivered her own student more than 20 years ago.
Tracy Jones has delivered hundreds of children over the last three decades but was shocked when she realised that one of those babies, Georgina Peate, is now training alongside her as a student midwife.
It was purely by chance that Tracy and Georgina, who was born in March 1998 at the midwife-led unit in Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire, ended up working together at the very same unit where the pair first crossed paths.
It was only when they decided to check the old registers that they discovered the incredible coincidence and after seeing a picture of Tracy, Georgina’s mum recognised her instantly.
Georgina, 20, said: “I knew that I had been born at the unit, but I had absolutely no idea that Tracy had actually delivered me.
“One quiet afternoon we got out the old registers and had a look and neither of us could believe it when we found out.
“When I told my mum and showed her a picture, she recognised Tracy straight away, it was brilliant.
“For me to be able to train as a midwife is something that I have always wanted to do since I was very little – but to be able to train alongside Tracy who delivered me, it’s been so special.”
Tracy became a midwife 32 years ago having first started her career as a nurse.
She said: “Fate has definitely played a part in this.
“It is like we have come full circle. I was there helping when she was born and now I am helping her to pursue a career in midwifery.
“I have had lots of student midwives working with me over the years, and it is always special – but this is extra special.
“I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse, and it was when I was working on a mother and baby unit that I felt a pull to midwifery, and that is what I have done ever since.”
Sue Oliver, a ward manager at the unit, added: “It was fantastic when we found out that we had a student working at the unit who was delivered here; and it is quite unique and special that she is being mentored by the very midwife who delivered her.
“They share a very special relationship.”