Rosemary Lynch never imagined she would be retiring from the job she loves in the middle of a global pandemic.
The 55-year-old Co Tyrone woman has just stepped down from her role as a midwife after 36 years providing exceptional care and compassion to mums and their babies.
Rosemary began her career in Belfast's Royal Maternity Hospital aged 21 before moving back home to Drumquin.
She went on to work in the Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh, transferring to the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen in 1994, and later the town's new South West Acute Hospital in 2002.
For the past 19 years she has been working in the neonatal unit looking after premature babies, a role she says she has truly loved.
Rosemary says her last few months in the job during the Covid-19 crisis have been particularly challenging, especially as expectant fathers have only been able to be present for the delivery of their babies.
She said: "The new mums have been in and out of hospital very quickly in the current circumstances and it has been very quiet without visitors.
"In some ways, though, that has helped us get to know the mums better without so many people around and you could see them enjoying more time on their own with their newborn.
"It has been a tough time and although things have got better in my last few days, I wouldn't want to repeat it again and hopefully there won't be a second wave."
Rosemary said bringing new life into the world has been such a joy down the years, and sharing this special moment with new parents is something that she will always treasure.
"I have always loved babies - even when I was one myself - and babysitting growing up.
"After I did my general nursing training and went around all the wards I enjoyed my four weeks in maternity the most and knew I would do midwifery once I qualified.
"My last role in the neonatal unit was to care for premature babies and support their parents.
"Seeing babies thrive and go home to their families was very special and I loved receiving pictures of how well they progressed through their milestones - it really is one of life's miracles."
While Rosemary doesn't officially retire until the end of June, she worked her final shift this week and colleagues marked the occasion with a surprise retirement party.
"I thought Covid-19 would work out well for me and I could leave without any fuss, but no such luck," she said.
The keen traveller had been hoping to start her retirement with a well-deserved holiday, but like many she had her travel plans dashed by the current lockdown.
"I love to travel. My favourite city is New York and I had trips planned for over the summer but sadly these are no longer going ahead," she explained.
"At the moment I wouldn't feel comfortable getting on a plane but there's always next year, fingers crossed."
Rosemary is a talented painter and attends art classes, so she hopes to devote even more time to her artistic side once the lockdown is lifted.
She is also looking forward to spending quality time with her 81-year-old mum Rosaleen (Rosie) and tending to their garden.