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Olton midwife enjoys 80th with those she delivered

Retired midwife Gloria Wray marked her 80th birthday by being reunited with the first tot she brought into the world.

Evelyn 'Gloria' Wray celebrates her 80th birthday with some of the babies she helped deliver. She is sat on the lap of her first, Russell Davies from Knowle, who was born on the 2nd April 1971
Evelyn 'Gloria' Wray celebrates her 80th birthday with some of the babies she helped deliver. She is sat on the lap of her first, Russell Davies from Knowle, who was born on the 2nd April 1971

Oh baby, just look at him now!

Retired midwife Gloria Wray marked her 80th birthday by being reunited with the first tot 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, Solihull, began training as a midwife at Marston Green Hospital in 1969.

Her patch covered Acocks Green, Hall Green, Solihull, Knowle and Dorridge.

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.”

 

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