Caring through thick and thin

Midwife Therese Whittle celebrates her retirement with colleagues after nearly 45 years, 40-years of them working in Wigan and the rest in St Helens.  She is looking forward to spending time with family and friends here and back in her homeland of west Ireland.
Midwife Therese Whittle celebrates her retirement with colleagues after nearly 45 years, 40-years of them working in Wigan and the rest in St Helens. She is looking forward to spending time with family and friends here and back in her homeland of west Ireland.

A MIDWIFE who is now delivering the babies of women she helped bring into the world is retiring after a career spanning 45 years.

But Therese Whittle would have loved to have stayed on had it not been for the fast moving technological advances moving her away from the basics of childbirth.

The 67-year-old has witnessed many life-changing moments during her midwifery career while working both in the community and on a maternity ward.

“You have to be able to take the good with the bad, accept the joy and just learn to be there to support and counsel parents through the heartbreaking times. There are many different aspects to this job,” she said.

“The best time of my career though was when I was working on nights for 10 years at the old Billinge Hospital.

“They were very happy years as all of my colleagues at the time and myself had young children growing up at the same time and we all got on so well. Billinge was like my second home - I grew to absolutely love it.”

Therese spent all her career in hospitals across both St Helens and Wigan.

She has lived in Billinge for most of her life and now plans to make an extended visit to her native Ireland.

“I have lots of plans now for the next stage of my life but I am definitely going to take a few months off first to relax,” she added.