Memories reborn

Happy reunion for midwife Judith Whitaker, Andrew and Hunter Johnson and Gloria Oliver.d401804
Happy reunion for midwife Judith Whitaker, Andrew and Hunter Johnson and Gloria Oliver.d401804

Ms Oliver said it was surreal to meet Judith Whitaker this month and her son was rapt that Mrs Whitaker remembered every detail of the birth, had kept a newspaper clipping of the event, and described it as a highlight of her career.

Ms Oliver said after a prolonged labour with her first child, she was reluctant to get to hospital too soon.

But despite living in Gosnells at the time, Ms Oliver arrived at the hospital in the family sports car just as Andrew was making his entrance into the world.

‘�t was about 6am and very, very cold. We were told we had to deliver quickly and rush inside to get him warm. He was rushed inside so quickly I didn’t even know if he was a boy or a girl – I was never told.’

‘Judith said it was so cold they didn’t even look to check, they just wrapped him up and took him in.’

‘Judith remembered something I’d forgotten that someone had said if the baby was a girl that we’d name it Celica because the car we were in was a Celica.’

Ms Oliver said the Celica continued to be the family car until her third son was born.

Mr Johnson was also able to show Judith his son Hunter, born 10 months ago at Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital, and on Sunday, June 2 the group shared a coffee and the details of one another’s lives.