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Call the Midwife (original 2002; edition 2006)

by Jennifer Worth

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Title:Call the Midwife
Authors:Jennifer Worth
Info:Soundings Ltd (2006), Edition: Unabridged, Audio Cassette
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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (2002)

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An interesting look back to a not-so-distant time when obstetrics and maternity medicine was still in its infancy. ( )
  dele2451 | May 13, 2017 |
In the 1950s twenty-two year old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London’s east end slums. This memoir chronicles Worth’s experiences.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 7, 2017 |
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Jennifer Worth is the bomb-dot-com. Read it all! ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
A young nurses accounts of what it was like working in the East End of London in the 1950's. An enjoyable eye-opening read. I loved reading the accounts of how things were and it makes you appreciate how well things are now and we really have nothing to complain about. The conditions in which these families were living were actually awful but they had to make do and got on with it. The birth rate was absolutely huge as well with women having up to 25 babies - my goodness! Thank goodness for contraception. Also the fact that babies are living when being born prematurely and the maternal death rate has decreased dramatically. Reading of how things were for the nurses/midwives was very interesting. They had a huge workload and Jenny seemed very devoted.
Overall a great insight and its definitely worth reading. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Jan 2, 2017 |
Very interesting, post WWII England, a woman stays in a convent and practices midwifery. Didn't quite "get" why that was, but in any case a nice mix of her stories of that, and of births. Well done, interesting & educational. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Nov 15, 2016 |
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At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies...from the plucky warmhearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children, to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side..illuminate a fascinating time in history.
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Jennifer Worth was just twenty-two when she volunteered to spend her early years of midwifery training in London's East End in the 1950s. Coming from a sheltered background there were tough lessons to be learned. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying.… (more)

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