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The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and…

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

by Jennifer Worth

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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (2002)


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I enjoyed this memoir. Worth writes well and compellingly of her time as a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950's. I very much enjoyed the TV series and was interested in how the writers of the show used the original material. Sad, funny, and uplifting, these books are a testament to the human spirit as well as an astute history lesson. ( )
  MarysGirl | Sep 29, 2014 |
A memoir of a nurse/midwife in the East End of London during the 1950's. This was an enjoyable story to listen to in the car. The author shows true affection for the people that she lives and works with an the reader comes to share that affection through the writing.

I enjoyed this enough to download the other two books in the trilogy. ( )
  tangledthread | Aug 13, 2014 |
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 |
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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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