South West Wales

Swansea midwife Jean Havard retires after 50 years

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Image caption Jean Havard has worked her last shift as labour ward co-ordinator at Swansea's Singleton Hospital

A south Wales midwife who has helped to bring thousands of babies into the world has retired after 50 years service.

Jean Havard, from Pontardawe, first signed up as a pre-nursing student just weeks after turning age 17 in 1965.

But last week she carried out her final night shift as labour ward co-ordinator at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.

Her last shift was extra special, as she delivered 10 babies including a colleague's first grandchild.

Ms Havard spent 20 years at Morriston before moving to Singleton in 1991.

"It is a wonderful profession, I just love it," she said.

"No two shifts are ever the same. But everybody's so happy when a new baby arrives."

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Image caption Jean Havard looks at some pictures from her 50-year career
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Image caption Final delivery: Baby Harland Monks weighed in at 7lb 5oz
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Image caption Proud parents Kimberley Lewis and Dale Monks with baby Harland

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