Our wonderful community midwife, Sarah Hall, who has served the mothers and babies of Alston Moor for 18 years and has delivered over 500 babies during her career is retiring. Come and have a cup of tea this Saturday, 21st June from 2-4pm at Alston Quaker Friends Meeting Room to help her celebrate ... and bring your babies, no matter how big they are now!! 


Sarah's career:

Sarah Hall with her grandchildI trained as a general nurse at Leeds General Infirmary, and then went to Darlington to do midwifery,  I qualified in 1983 and got married at the end of the week I finished my training! We lived in Blackpool for six months where I worked in  a hospital specialising in elderly care and then we moved to South Uist where I had got a job as a Staff Nurse/ Midwife in the hospital in Daliburgh.  The hospital managed everything from ingrowing toenails to complicated births, and I had to learn a smattering of Gaelic in order to communicate with the locals.  

We came back to England in 1987 and I worked, at Shotley Bridge Maternity Hospital before starting to work as a community midwife in Hexham.  
 
In 1996 I was delighted to get the job as midwife for Alston Moor because I was offered the wonderful chance to have "my own" labour ward and care for women and their families from the beginning of pregnancy, through the antenatal period, catching their babies, and caring for them after the birth. I also ran the Day Hospital, which was wonderful, mixing the old folk with the new babies- some days introducing brand new members of our community, just born in Alston Hospital, to the elders of it!   
 
After 2000, maternity care in North Cumbria was reorganised and I worked at Penrith Birth Centre as well as Alston.  I have been privileged to be involved with the birth of many young people on the Moor wether they were born at home, Alston Hospital, Hexham, Penrith or Carlisle, and have probably delivered over 500 babies over the years!
 
Sarah pictured above with her grandchild!