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The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (original 2002; edition 2009)

by Jennifer Worth

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Title:The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Authors:Jennifer Worth
Info:Penguin Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (2002)

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Written several decades after Jennifer Worth’s experiences as an in-home nurse/midwife in 1950s London, Call the Midwife felt like old-school memoir to me—that is, the kind of book produced by someone going about “writing their memoirs,” because they have all these great stories to tell. In fact, given that this is the first of three volumes, Worth literally did “write her memoirs,” and she does have plenty of stories. The book feels more like a collection of anecdotes than a structured narrative, and as such, it was easy for me to see why it became the source material for a very popular British TV series.

MORE: http://www.3rsblog.com/2014/06/audiobook-call-the-midwife-jennifer-worth.html ( )
  Florinda | Jun 30, 2014 |
In the early 1950s, Jennifer Worth was in her early 20s and, though from a comfortable middle-class background herself, was living in a convent where she was training as a midwife, performing home births in the slums of the East End. While her midwifery skills develop, she seems to learn more about human nature as she is forced over and over again to confront her own biases. Most of the stories are the “heartwarming” category, as in the fiercely devoted mother of twenty-five fighting for her premature baby’s life. A few are deeply troubling, as in the young prostitute whose life derails completely after her baby is taken away by the Catholic church or the creepy, smelly old woman who turns out to have a dark history in the workhouse. The nuns, too, are a constant source of surprise, as when “humorless” Sister Evangeline turns out to really love a good fart. Altogether, the memoir is a fascinating glimpse into a very particular time and place when the government safety net was much thinner but the social contract between people was perhaps stronger. ( )
  jholcomb | Jun 17, 2014 |
Kept me completely captivated on so many levels. Fantastic. ( )
  limamikealpha | Jun 5, 2014 |
Brilliant ( )
  Aliballyb | May 26, 2014 |
I’m a big fan of Call the Midwife on PBS and this book is the memoir on which it is based. Although most of the stories in it were familiar because of the television shows, they did offer insight that a television show can’t. My favorite series character is Chummy and her background is fleshed out quite nicely in the book.

Ms.Worth’s writing is straightforward. She does not sugarcoat the difficult lives many of her patients lived in post-war London. She spends a great deal of time with two of the most poignant stories from the series: Mary the single, pregnant girl from Ireland who is forced to give up her child; and Conchita, the mother of 25 children, including a premature baby.

Call the Midwife is a quick and satisfying read and should be of interest to fans of the series. ( )
  NewsieQ | May 22, 2014 |
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This book is dedicated to Philip, my dear husband.
The history of 'Mary' is also dedicated to the memory of Father Joseph Williamson and Daphne Jones.
This book is dedicated to Phillip, my dear husband. This history of 'Mary' is also dedicated to the memory of Father Joseph Williamson and Daphne Jones.
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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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