A man who cheated on his girlfriend with a midwife who cared for their newborn baby has been revealed as a policeman.
The mum has explicitly requested we do not name her former partner – or her – in order to protect the identity of their child.
She yesterday exclusively told the ECHO she was “haunted” by the thought of midwife Joanne Lumsden holding her newborn daughter after having had an affair with the baby’s father, who works in the police force.
Shortly before Rachel (not her real name) discovered she was pregnant, her partner went on a “lads’ holiday” to Benidorm, where he met Ms Lumsden – who now faces ongoing disciplinary action and is no longer employed by The Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
When he returned from the holiday, Rachel said he started acting “strangely” and making excuses to miss scans and appointments related to the pregnancy.
Last summer, Rachel was admitted to the Women’s for a planned caesarian section – but her partner missed the birth of his first child – which Rachel believes was due to the fear of having his affair with Ms Lumsden exposed.
After the birth, Ms Lumsden was involved in the care of her child and said she made comments
She said: “She was round my bed, holding the baby.
“She was commenting, saying: ‘Doesn’t the baby
“They were talking on the ward at my bedside.
“He told me he knew her through work. I knew something was not right.”
However, after asking Ms Lumsden how she knew her partner, she was told they met on holiday in Benidorm and that she had “rubbed suncream into his back”.
She added: “She said, ‘I rubbed sun cream into his back’.
“That’s what she told me on the ward while I’m there with my baby trying to breast feed her.”
A week later, when a community midwife visited Rachel’s home, the new mum claims she broke down in tears and told her what had happened. Rachel claims Ms Lumsden later called her and revealed the details of the affair – while she was still under the care of Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Rachel’s claims came to light after an official complaint she made to the Women’s Hospital Trust was made available to the ECHO.
In her letter of complaint, she claims Ms Lumsden cared for her and her newborn daughter – holding the baby and even inserting a suppository into Rachel’s rectum for pain relief.
Rachel said she feels “violated” by what happened and that any happy memories of the birth of her daughter have been tainted.
The ECHO understands Rachel and her former partner are no longer together.
Now a mum-of-four, Rachel’s new daughter is the couple’s first child together – and her partner’s only child. Despite this, he missed out on important appointments and the birth of his daughter for fear of having his affair exposed.
Rachel described her ordeal was “horrific” – but said she decided to share her story in the hope no other women have the experience anything like it.
Now Rachel said she is trying to focus on being positive and staying strong for her children, and that she is looking forward to the future.
The ECHO understands Ms Lumsden no longer works at the Women’s, and the community midwife is also the subject of disciplinary proceedings. The details of that disciplinary case are not known.
Rachel first sent her letter of complaint in November, after she finished breastfeeding and felt able to take the emotional strain. This week, in a letter seen by the ECHO, the Trust apologised for her ordeal and informed her the complaint was upheld.
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A spokesperson for Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust said: “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 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.
Ms Lumsden previously appeared on One Born Every Minute, being quoted in promotional material for the show saying: “I get to experience the miracle of childbirth every day, and watch couples become a family.”
Ms Lumsden was repeatedly approached for comment by the ECHO but did not respond.