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‘My midwife supported me through the loss of my son – and my daughter’s birth’

Ann Tasker supported Claire Marsden when her son died at ten months old – and put herself on call to help the bereaved mum through the birth of her daughter
Ann Tasker

Ann Tasker supported Claire Marsden when her son died at ten months old and put herself on call to help the bereaved mum through the birth of her daughter

Midwife Ann Tasker is dedicated and driven. Her passion is evident in her care for her patients.

I first met her in the induction suite at Airedale General Hospital in Steeton, West Yorkshire, when I was in a great deal of pain. Despite being in charge of the labour ward she immediately moved me to a private room and offered me more pain relief. She supported me until several hours later my son Harry was born.

Ann visited the next day to make sure we were both okay and I was discharged home. Sadly Harry became unwell and was diagnosed with a brain tumour

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Ann Tasker supported Claire Marsden when her son died at ten months old – and put herself on call to help the bereaved mum through the birth of her daughter

Midwife Ann Tasker is dedicated and driven. Her passion is evident in her care for her patients. 


Ann Tasker, Lily and Claire Marsden Picture: John Houlihan

I first met her in the induction suite at Airedale General Hospital in Steeton, West Yorkshire, when I was in a great deal of pain. Despite being in charge of the labour ward she immediately moved me to a private room and offered me more pain relief. She supported me until several hours later my son Harry was born. 

Ann visited the next day to make sure we were both okay and I was discharged home. Sadly Harry became unwell and was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was ten months old. Two weeks later I made the decision to turn his life support machine off. I was heartbroken. The pain was and still is unbearable. 

Ann came to Harry’s funeral. It was horrific, but she was the one and only person I felt I wanted near me and allowed to hug me. 

Ann got in touch straight away and sent me her sympathy, offered her help and a shoulder to cry on if I needed it. I was truly grateful, and felt that we had a connection because she had brought Harry into the world. 

Ann came to his funeral. It was horrific, but she was the one and only person I felt I wanted near me and was allowed to hug me. 

Fundraising

Ann has always stayed in touch and when I became pregnant again agreed to look after me during my labour. I was so scared and anxious but Ann put herself on call for me over the last few weeks with support from her bosses at Airedale Hospital and helped me deliver my daughter Lily. I felt comfortable and more relaxed with her there. 

Since Harry’s death I have raised money for Harry’s Star, a fund I set up to keep his memory alive and to help others. Ann has supported this, including organising a charity walk in 2013, and walking the Three Peaks with colleagues and raising more than £2,500.

She continues to support the fund – just one example of how she gives 110% to her job.


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