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The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
by Jennifer Worth

Published: 2009-04-07
Paperback : 340 pages
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An unforgettable true story, The Midwife is the basis for the hit PBS drama Call the Midwife

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while ...
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Introduction

An unforgettable true story, The Midwife is the basis for the hit PBS drama Call the Midwife

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, The Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

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Who was your favorite "parent"?
What did you learn about childbirth ?
What did you learn about poverty?
by akeim (see profile) 03/12/15

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Book Club Recommendations

Watch episodes of the PBS series based on this book and the rest of the trilogy.
by Joguarino (see profile) 03/29/16
Just a good read for anyone
by cousineau (see profile) 02/16/16
ideas
by akeim (see profile) 03/12/15
We answered the following questions: What did you learn about poverty? Who was your favorite character and why?

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  "The Midwife is a must read"by lizblair (see profile) 12/27/16

The memoirs of Jennifer Worth draw on the beauties of the east end of 1950s London, not the hardships. It is wonderful, we can learn from its history today

 
by MichelleFord (see profile) 11/12/16

 
by kidder67 (see profile) 07/28/16

 
  "Call for the Midwife"by Joguarino (see profile) 03/29/16

A memoir of a midwife's experiences in London in the 1950's in the dockland area. Tells her story being a midwife in many challenging and interesting situations. Although each situation is serious, she... (read more)

 
  "Call the midwi"by cousineau (see profile) 02/16/16

Told me how lucky I am to live in this day & age. Pretty barbaric living.

 
by Sescilj (see profile) 09/23/15

 
  "Call the Midwife"by geschliman (see profile) 06/11/15

Great book! checked a few times to be sure I was Not reading fiction!

We agreed that watching the made for tv shows along with reading the book(s) is the way to go.

 
by Daryl (see profile) 04/01/15

 
  "Read all three books!"by akeim (see profile) 03/12/15

Although my book club read the first of the trilogy, several of us read all three books and watched the PBS series. We were all interested in the state of prenatal and delivery care in the 1950's and... (read more)

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