Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Midwife Who Delivered 2,000 Babies Dies at 82 ; She Cared for New Mums for 30 Years Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Compassion

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Midwife Who Delivered 2,000 Babies Dies at 82 ; She Cared for New Mums for 30 Years Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Compassion

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AMIDWIFE who delivered around 2,000 babies over three decades has died aged 82.

Hilda Greenfield was the community midwife for Middleton's Langley estate from 1961 until she retired in 1988.

Relatives estimate she helped to deliver between 1,800 and 2,000 babies - and her telephone became a hotline for expectant mothers. 'She children ... she was caring' Born in Lower Crumpsall, Mrs Greenfield moved to Searness Road, Langley, with her late husband Jack in 1958 and the couple later moved to Broomfield Crescent.

In 1961, after 18 months training, she qualified as a midwife and began working on the estate.

Her daughter Jackie Malloy said: "My mum worked in the days when children were still being born at home on the whole.

"It wasn't just a job to my mum, she kept in contact with lots of the families and was even invited to a few 21st birthday parties of babies she had helped to deliver.

"As soon as the phone rang my mum would head out. Sometimes she would deliver a baby and she would be off to another house straight away. …

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