Danville – A nurse has brought new life into this world almost every day for 50 years. Now she’s starting the next phase of her life — retirement.
As friends, family and co-workers gathered to say “happy retirement” to Dolly Pollock, she had a lot to reflect on.
“There are days I wish I had sat down and wrote, okay, we had six babies born and I was present for each one of them,” she says. If she had done that, the list would seem endless. For half a century, Pollock helped deliver babies in Danville. She started right after high school.
“To this day I don’t know why the person hired me, I really don’t, when I look back because compared to qualities now, to what I had then, it was nil to nothing,” says Pollock.
It didn’t take long for her to catch up. She was one of the first in the country to become a certified lactation consultant. Pollock became a backbone of her department. You could see it in the hugs and well wishes from those who know her well.
“Dolly did a lot of the little things – and they were big things — because she did our breastfeeding education, our child birth education,” says Lisa Edenburn, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Inpatient Nursing Director.
Pollock has seen a lot of chances, from birthing techniques to medical equipment. One of the biggest chances – new medical technology.
“Is it good in some ways? Who knows? Even though you have technology I still think you have to learn the hands on stuff, you have to be able to learn you know? Technology isn’t always there, it fails, and then you have to rely on what you see what you know what you can feel,” says Pollock.
Her co-workers say Pollock has probably helped deliver tens of thousands of babies, but Pollock says she doesn’t focus on the numbers. For her, it’s about the moments she connected with a family.
“What’s important to me is the fact that I would make that mother comfortable, help her through her labor, she hugged me afterwards and met me on the street later and said you were there when my baby was born, thank you,” says Pollock.
Pollock plans on volunteering at the hospital during retirement. She also plans to keep running a car seat safety course she helped start.