- A male midwife had a fulfilling moment in his career
- He had the nice opportunity to deliver the baby of a man he himself had seen being born 33 years ago
- He said this incredible lapse of time was his first in a long career
The same midwife who delivered a baby 33 years ago, has now by chance delivered this person’s son.
Kevin McEnderry was born at Addington Hospital in Durban‚ with the help of Sydney Grove. He was then second in charge of the labour suite.
It turns out that 33 years later he encounters this baby again, now all grown up… at a different hospital and a different city, in order to deliver an infant of his own.
Grove is presently General Manager of Origin Family-Centred Maternity Hospital in Panorama‚ Parow. He also still practices as male midwife, which now has the “complicated” term of Advanced & Clinical Accoucheur Specialist.
“I am always bumping into women whose babies I have helped them birth‚ and recently I even went to the 21st birthday party of the first baby that I delivered in water – but being in attendance at the birth of the baby of a baby that I delivered over 30 years ago is a first for me!” he commented.
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Kevin’s son, Kieran, was born by C-section, and Grove was there, delivering this new baby, of the around 23,000 he has helped bring to life throughout his career.
That career has been varied and fulfilling, with responsibilities that range from being a consultant for training and development, nursing manager and maternity unit manager‚ to even being in charge as hospital media spokesperson, among other medical activities.