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Midwife retires after 43 years of delivering babies

Florence Kelly was given a surprise party over the weekend and was joined by some of the mothers and babies she has cared for over the years. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A Guernsey midwife is retiring after 43 years having delivered plenty of the island's babies.

Florence Kelly was given a surprise tea party over the weekend and was joined by some of the mothers and babies she has cared for.

Getting nice fresh cuddles from new babies. That's one of the big, big advantages of this job. Getting a cuddle from a new baby is a very therapeutic thing. It's a lovely feeling.

– Florence Kelly, retired midwife

Not only has she given more than four decades of care to new mothers and newborns, she also currently holds the title of Midwife of the Year.

She originally wanted to be a nurse but, after a four month placement in midwifery, she was "hooked".

After being in the role since 1976, Ms Kelly has decided it is time to put her feet up.