A Sydney midwife is calling it a day after bringing an estimated 10,000 babies into the world over a 49-year career at Canterbury Hospital.
Elizabeth Martin, 71, had only expected to stay at the hospital in the city's west for six months by ended up there for good.
Today her colleagues held a public send-off for her.
"It was a really hard decision to retire but I just felt the time had come," she told Nine News.
"I feel very sad, really."
She said the best thing about the job was the joy of delivering babies.
"Seeing the look on the parents' faces when you put that baby up on the mother's chest," she said.
"Before ultrasounds, often you'd get twins when the lady didn't know she was having twins."
Ms Martin is even responsible for multiple generations.
"I'd be looking after a woman and the mother would say, 'Oh, you delivered her'," she said.
"Makes me feel old."
Ms Martin, who has one child of her own, said the hardest thing to get used to would be adjusting her body clock after nearly five decades working the night shift.
Sources: Nine News, The Canterbury-Bankstown Express
Author: Nick Pearson. Approving editor: Henri Paget