Life

By Lucy Notarantonio


A student midwife is stunned to discover she has been working alongside the woman who delivered her 19 years ago.

Laura Woffendin, from Pontefract, Yorkshire, was working on the labour ward with midwife Emma Reevell, 50, at Pinderfields Hospital when the pair discovered it wasn’t the first time they’d met.

PIC FROM Caters News: Laura Woffendin, from Pontefract, Yorkshire, with midwife Emma Reevell, 50, at Lauras birth

Emma had delivered Laura 19-years-ago and by chance, Laura’s mum, Lynn Woffendin, 58, still remembered the midwives name and even had a photograph of Emma and her daughter, Laura when she was first born in 2000.

Laura delivered her first baby last month [March] with the help of Emma – a mementos occasion for them both.

Laura said: “I had no idea the midwife who delivered me worked at the same hospital, it was only when I mentioned how good of a mentor she is to my mum Lynn that she recognised the name.

“Delivering my first baby was a brilliant experience, it is a memory that will stay with me forever.

PIC FROM Caters News: Laura Woffendin, from Pontefract, Yorkshire, with midwife Emma Reevell, 50, at Pinderfields Hospital

“I had no idea it would be quite so poignant and I couldn’t wait to go home and tell my mum all about it.

“When she then told me that Emma was the midwife who had delivered me, I couldn’t believe it.

“We then spent the night searching through all our old photos to find the picture which was taken straight after my birth.

“The next day I took it in to work to show Emma and explain the coincidence, it was quite emotional for us both.

“You would never think you’re going to meet the midwife who delivered you, never mind work with them.

PIC FROM Caters News: Laura Woffendin, from Pontefract, Yorkshire, with midwife Emma Reevell, 50, and Noor Fatima – the first baby Laura delivered

“It was a magical moment and all of the other staff were just as shocked as they gathered around to look at the picture too.”

Mum-of-two, Emma, from Hemsworth, West Yorks, has been a midwife for 27 years and has also previously worked with Laura’s dad, Ian, who was a student nurse at the time.

Emma said: “At first I was wondering why Laura was showing me a picture of me looking younger and then she told me.

“It was a surreal moment, I couldn’t believe how much of a coincidence it was.

“It’s crazy to think that this small child I brought into the world is now training to be a midwife. It’s a lovely feeling though and makes it all a little bit more special.

“When I first started, a midwife said ‘you know you have been in the industry for a long time, when people you have delivered come back with their own babies’ and now that is happening.”

PIC FROM Caters News: Laura Woffendin, from Pontefract, Yorkshire, with midwife Emma Reevell, 50, at Pinderfields Hospital

Both women have followed in their families footsteps, with Emma following in her mum Leslie footsteps and Laura in her late grandma’s Sherlie, 75 

Laura added: “It is almost in my genes to work in the medical field as both my parents are qualified nurses and my grandma was a midwife.

“It turns out Emma had worked with my dad Ian, 33 years ago when he was a student nurse too!

“I always knew I wanted to work in the medical industry, but I didn’t know which sector I would like to work in.

“When my grandma passed away, I inherited her community midwife bag and everything inside it, along with her midwifery badges and books and that decided it for me.