A midwife who starred on the Channel 4 show One Born Every Minute told the woman whose baby she helped deliver just hours after giving birth that she had an affair with the new mother’s partner.
Joanne Lumsden worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and has delivered hundreds of babies, but failed to declare a conflict of interest when delivering the baby of a man she allegedly had an affair with.
The mother, who has not been identified, said the happy memories of her daughter’s birth had been tainted after Lumsden revealed the fling with her partner just hours after giving birth.
Joanne Lumsden worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and has delivered hundreds of babies, but failed to declare a conflict of interest when delivering the baby of a man she allegedly had an affair with
Lumsden confessed to the mother that the affair happened on a ‘lads holiday’ to Benidorm. She is now facing disciplinary action and is no longer employed by the hospital.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about her ordeal, the new mother said: ‘As a mum who was looking forward to the birth of her last baby, I was subjected to the most horrific ordeal any mother to be could ever imagine.’
The mother-of-four added the revelation ‘amount to the destruction of a family’, adding Lumsden ‘took matters into her own hands and made sure she was present’ at the birth of her daughter.
The mother said: ‘As a woman, I am now left with a life-long memory of the midwife holding my new-born baby in her arms with the knowledge that she was having sexual relations with my baby’s father during my pregnancy and being fully aware that I was under the care of her place of work.’
‘This will haunt me for as long as I live. This woman held my baby in her arms knowing that she had engaged in recent sexual activity with her father.’
The mother added her partner began acting ‘strangely’ and made excuses for missing scans, even missing the birth of his first child last summer, which she believes is due to fear of having the affair made public.
She has now written a letter of complaint to Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust to which she claimed that Lumsden inserted a suppository into the mother’s rectum and held and cared for her daughter.
Lumsden broke the news to the mother just hours after she had undergone a major surgery following the birth of her daughter at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
A spokesman for Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Whilst we cannot discuss the detail of individual cases due to patient confidentiality, we can confirm that disciplinary proceedings were undertaken by the Trust as a result of two members of staff’s conduct.
‘The Trust took this action immediately upon being made aware of the incident and an internal investigation was also conducted.
‘The disciplinary process undertaken with the members of staff involved is now being dealt with by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The mother has now written a letter of complaint to Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust
‘The patient also made a formal complaint to the Trust and we have been in regular communication with them throughout the complaints process.
‘We would like to apologise for the upset caused to the patient as a result of their experience.’
The Nursing and Midwifery Council were contacted for comment, but were unable to issue a statement on whether there was an ongoing investigation into Ms Lumsden or the community midwife.
The Lumsden household gave no comment when contacted by MailOnline.