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Nurse now works with midwife who saved her life when she was born


Maggie Coleman (R) and Elise Robinson's (L). (University Hospitals B'ham via SWNS)

By Bradley Stokes via SWNS

A nurse who almost died when she was born now works with the midwife who helped save her life 25 years ago.

Elise Robinson was inspired to become a midwife herself after listening to stories about how her life was saved by a kindly matron called Maggie Coleman.

She started midwifery training and last year joined Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham, England where she was born.

Maggie Coleman (R) supported Elise Robinson's (L) mother during her high risk pregnancy in 1996 at at Good Hope Hospital. (University Hospitals B'ham via SWNS)

Amazingly, just weeks into her new job as a midwife, she bumped into Maggie who remembered Elsie’s difficult birth in March 1996.

Veteran midwife Maggie, 60, had helped her mom Hilary when doctors discovered there was a lack of amniotic fluid around baby Elsie.

For several weeks, Hilary would meet Maggie for regular appointments and scans and the pair built up a special rapport.

Luckily Elise was born safely weighing 5lb 1oz and over the years Hilary would tell her daughter about Maggie.

Now, 25 years later, after Elise landed her dream job at Good Hope's new Midwifery Led Unit, Maggie and Elise and now colleagues.

The chance meeting came just at the right as Maggie, who has worked at the hospital for 40 years, is planning to retire this September.

Elise Robinson just after she had been born at Good Hope Hospital in 1996. (Elise Robinson via SWNS)

Elise, from Birmingham, said: “When I was offered the interview, I showed my mum the letter and she recognized the person who wrote it.

“Straight away she said ‘that’s Maggie that looked after me.’ I couldn’t believe it.

"She had always talked about the midwife who had shown her such kindness and compassion but never in a million years did I think that I would one day end up meeting her.

“Mum was having to go in for really frequent monitoring and she would always see Maggie in the clinic there.

"I always remember her talking about Maggie and then this one particular doctor who had looked after her.

"I just found it really interesting hearing about all the stories and then I guess that sparked my interest in going into midwifery.

"I am so thrilled to be part of her team now and hope that I can make as much an impact on my patients as Maggie did on my mum.”

Maggie Coleman, who has worked at Good Hope Hospital for 40 years, is now working alongside Elise who she helped look after in March 1996. (University Hospitals B'ham via SWNS)

Maggie, who often shares coffee breaks with Elise when they are on the same shifts, said her heart “skipped a beat” when she realized who she was.

She said: "You look after so many women but actually when Elise did come in and speak to me, I racked my brains and I thought, 'oh god, I know that name, I know that name.'

"My heart skipped a beat and it was absolutely wonderful because you don't know as a midwife, you try your best to do your job and you don't know what influences you have on people.

“As a midwife it is always lovely to meet the mums and the babies you cared for but to meet one of those babies 25 years later and call her a colleague, is just wonderful.

"I am delighted to think that the care I gave Hilary all those years ago has stayed with her and goes to show the lasting impression our care makes. Elise is an excellent midwife.

"I am sure that she will be already be remembered for the care she has given to others."

Maggie officially retired last year but returned due to staff shortages.

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