Retired Solihull midwife enjoys 80th birthday with first baby she delivered – now 43
Evelyn ‘Gloria’ Wray marked her 80th birthday by being reunited with the first baby she brought into the world.
Russell Davies was born at his family’s home in Knowle in April 1971.
Now 43, he was among hundreds of Gloria’s special charges who attended her birthday bash at Small Heath Baptist Church – and this time, Russell was the one giving her a cuddle as she sat on his lap.
“I was shocked when I saw Russell,” Gloria said.
“He was so tall!
“I remember the day I delivered him. His mum, dad and sister were all at the head of the bed.
“They were over the moon. We all hugged when Russell was born.
“The celebration was a fantastic day. There was a service, my niece Dorothy sang, and my friend Amy Ellis sang and played the guitar.”
Great-grandmother Gloria, from Olton began training as a midwife at Marston Green Hospital in 1969. Her patch covered Acocks Green, Hall Green, Solihull, Knowle and Dorridge.
She said she could recall every single baby she delivered at home.
“Some mothers were adamant that they wanted to have their babies at home,” Gloria said. “I remember them all.
“It’s such a warm feeling when you hear a newborn baby cry.
“Seeing the faces of the mothers, fathers and, sometimes, grandmothers brought such joy.”
Mum-of-four Lynne Langley, 54, was at the party with her daughter Rebecca, who was delivered by Gloria.
Lynne said: “It was a lovely day. We attended the service and there was a little gathering afterwards. There is something about Mrs Wray that is so special.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble and she is always cheerful.”
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