A well-known and much-loved Moorlands midwife has sadly passed away. Jackie Jenkinson, who helped look after many mums and their youngsters over the years, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 5. Here her family pay tribute to the amazing work she did in her lifetime:
A well-known and much-loved Moorlands midwife has sadly passed away.
Jackie Jenkinson, who helped look after many mums and their youngsters over the years, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 5.
Here her family pay tribute to the amazing work she did in her lifetime:
John and Marie Shaw welcomed their daughter Jackie into the world in 1960, whilst living in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
As a child, she attended May Bank Infant School, St. Margaret’s Junior School and finally as a teenager she attended Watlands Secondary Modern until 1976.
Growing up, Jackie was a kind-hearted, gentle girl, who always showed a passion for caring for the needs of others, so it came as no surprise when she decided upon following the career path to become a nurse.
Once she had left school, she moved to Stafford to train to be a State Registered Nurse, which took three years.
After completing her training, Jackie decided that she wanted to specialise in Midwifery and undertook further training at the School of Midwifery, which was at the City General hospital.
Once qualified, Jackie worked for the Maternity Unit at North Staffs hospital and worked out in the community for over a decade. It was at this point that she became so well-known to many of the locals of Cheadle, providing care and support to many pregnant and post-natal women.
After several years, she earned her way up the ranks and became the Community Team Leader, supporting and training other nurses.
The final part of her career was spent as the Delivery Suite Manager, which included a move from the old maternity building to the new building.
Jackie was heavily involved in the planning and setting up of the new building, ensuring it was just so. During her time as the Delivery Suite Manager, Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer and after a year-long battle, she thankfully overcame it.
It was at this point of life that she became heavily involved with supporting the Macmillan charity events, putting her fantastic baking skills to use.
Sadly, in 2018, just a few years after retiring, Jackie was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, which is an uncommon type of dementia that affects behaviour and language.
Over the last few years, she rapidly deteriorated, losing key communication skills that she had put to use so well over the years working in the community. Jackie was cared for at home by her husband, Roy and her two children Nicholas and Hannah.
Ironically, the date of her death coincided not only with her 36th wedding anniversary, but also International Midwifery Day.
She will be sorely missed by many and most-certainly made an impact on the lives of many during her short time in the world.
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