A policeman who had an affair with a midwife who was looking after their newborn has come forward and apologised to his partner.
The unidentified UK man reportedly had a three-month affair with midwife Joanne Lumsden whom he met on a ‘lads’ holiday before his partner fell pregnant.
Unknown to the midwife, she revealed to UK reality program One Born Every Minute that she failed to declare the conflict of interest before caring for the mum’s newborn.
Following her appearance, the unnamed man then spoke to Liverpool Echo to issue a public apology to his now ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter.
It was revealed by the dad that he had missed meeting his baby daughter's arrival as he was ‘fearful’ his affair would be exposed. Instead, he visited the ward the day after his girlfriend gave birth.
‘I’m really sorry for what’s happened and I know I’ve let you down. It wasn’t a relationship I had, and was just a ‘fling’ which didn’t mean anything to me,’ he said to the Liverpool Echo.
He continued: ‘If I could turn back the clock I would have done the right thing and supported my partner’.
Speaking to the Echo, the unnamed girlfriend and mother revealed her birthing experience had been tarnished forever after Lumsden confessed she had known her partner just a day after giving birth.
‘I am now left with a lifelong memory of the midwife holding my newborn 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. ‘[It is] the most horrific ordeal any mother to be could ever imagine.’
A spokesperson for Liverpool Women's Hospital Trust has since issued a statement: ‘Disciplinary proceedings were undertaken by the Trust as a result of two members of staff’s conduct, [and are] now being dealt with by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).’
This article originally appeared on New Idea.