Call the Midwife

A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Phoenix

ISBN: 9780753827871

Category: Childbirth

Page: 340

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Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction. Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated, but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

Call the Midwife

A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101614404

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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The highest-rated drama in BBC history, Call the Midwife will delight fans of Downton Abbey Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. 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. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—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 of the city's seedier side. An unfortgettable story of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the strength of remarkable and inspiring women, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series, which will soon return for its sixth season. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Shadows of the workhouse

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

View: 7066

In this follow up to CALL THE MIDWIFE, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s tells more stories about the fascinating people she encountered. There's the story of Jane who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank's parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse. The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, comes to visit the Nonnatus nuns and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatten Garden in the nun's room. The case is taken to court and Sister Monica Joan becomes a cause celebre. These stories give a fascinating insight into the lives of the poor in 1950s London, of the shadow of the workhouse that always hung over their lives but also of the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

Call the Midwife

A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780606361651

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

View: 8200

Reflects on the experiences of Jennifer Worth as a midwife in London's postwar East End, including the nuns from whom she learned her craft and the interesting and challenging births she aided during her career

Farewell to the East End

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781780224473

Category: Childbirth

Page: 336

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This final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship's woman who 'serviced' the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth, such as the tale of two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime? Will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.

Shadows of the Workhouse

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780753825853

Category: East End (London, England)

Page: 304

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Midwife.

Tales from a Midwife

True Stories of the East End in the 1950s

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780753828694

Category: Childbirth

Page: 973

View: 2556

London's East End in the 1950s was a unique place: the struggles of post-war life - bombsites, overcrowded tenements, crime, brothels - bred a culture of tight-knit family communities, larger-than-life characters, and a lively social scene. It was into this world that Jennifer Worth entered as a trainee midwife. But docklands' life was tough, and babies were often born in slum conditions.In funny, disturbing and heartbreaking stories, Jennifer Worth recounts her time among nuns, prostitutes, abortionists, bigamists, gangsters and expectant mothers, portraying East Enders' amazing resilience - and their warmth and humour in the face of hardship. Written with affection and nostalgia, TALES FROM A MIDWIFE chronicles the lives, traditions and tales of a bygone era.

In the Midst of Life

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474606660

Category: Death

Page: 432

View: 2283

Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages. Now, in In the Midst of Life she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. In the Midst of Life also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world.

The Midwife's Sister

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Author: Christine Lee

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1743536852

Category:

Page: 320

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"Our childhood came to an end when our parents parted and from then on Jennifer was placed in the impossible position of having to be a parent to me, her sister. I shall always be grateful for her protection . . ." Millions have fallen in love with Jennifer Worth and her experiences in the East End as chronicled in Call the Midwife but little is known about her life outside this period. Now, in this moving and evocative memoir, Jennifer's sister, Christine, takes us from their early idyllic years to the cruelty and neglect they suffered after their parents divorced, from Jennifer being forced to leave home at fourteen to their training as nurses. After leaving nursing Jennifer took up a career in music, her first love, and Christine became a sculptor, but through marriages and children, joy and heartbreak, their lives remained intertwined. Absorbing and emotional, The Midwife's Sister is testimony to an enduring bond between two extraordinary women.

Baby Catcher

Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

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Author: Peggy Vincent

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743219341

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 8412

A former nurse chronicles her journey into midwifery, from her dissatisfaction with formulaic delivery room procedures in the 1960s to her eventual career as a "baby catcher," and chronicles her diverse birth experiences, the women she has encountered along the way, and role of midwifery in the United States. Reprint.

Hospital Sketches

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Author: Louisa May Alcott

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 0918222788

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 1960

An account of Alcott's experiences as a nurse during the Civil War.

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

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Author: Ayelet Waldman

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307279804

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8872

In this moving, wry, and candid novel, widely acclaimed novelist Ayelet Waldman takes us through one woman’s passage through love, loss, and the strange absurdities of modern life. Emilia Greenleaf believed that she had found her soulmate, the man she was meant to spend her life with. But life seems a lot less rosy when Emilia has to deal with the most neurotic and sheltered five-year-old in New York City: her new stepson William. Now Emilia finds herself trying to flag down taxis with a giant, industrial-strength car seat, looking for perfect, strawberry-flavored, lactose-free cupcakes, receiving corrections on her French pronunciation from her supercilious stepson – and attempting to find balance in a new family that’s both larger, and smaller, than she bargained for. In Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Ayelet Waldman has created a novel rich with humor and truth, perfectly characterizing one woman’s search for answers in a crazily uncertain world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Blue Cotton Gown

A Midwife's Memoir

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Author: Patricia Harman

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807096849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 438

A 2008 Indie Next Pick Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

Sisters of the East End

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Author: Helen Batten,Community of St. John the Divine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750539197

Category: Large type books

Page: 265

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""A second's silence and then an almighty scream. It was the most moving thing I had ever seen ... A baby, a real live baby, another human life had entered the world. It didn't seem possible and yet I had witnessed it with my very own eyes."" ""Born into a happy working-class North London family in the mid-twentieth century, Katie is determined to "do something" with her life. Working in the impoverished East End in the 1950s, she meets the Sisters of St. John the Divine--a community of nuns dedicated to nursing and midwifery. The Sisters have been present at births, cared for the sick, and laid out the dead of the East Enders for a hundred years, and Katie soon joins them to start her journey to becoming Sister Catherine Mary. As a nurse and midwife, Katie learns to deal with everything from strokes to breech births. Tragedy is never far away, but there are also moments of pure joy as lives are saved and the Poplar residents rally round. As a young novice, Katie rallies against the vow of obedience, yet through the years she learns much about the nature of dedication and love. Full of desperate hardship, humor, and compassion, Katie's story brings to life the unique world of these nursing Sisters in London's East End. "Sister Catherine Mary's story was written by Helen Batten after in-depth interviews with today's Sisters of the Community of St John the Divine."

Arms Wide Open

A Midwife's Journey

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Author: Patricia Harman

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807001384

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 287

View: 5386

Recounts how the author learned to deliver babies and her experiences in rural communes, political activism, and urban counterculture in the 1970s.

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End

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Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062270079

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 3120

The last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestseller and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances. Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy's delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan'mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form. As in Worth's first two books, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times and Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the vividly portrayed denizens of a postwar East End contend with the trials of extreme poverty—unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease—and find surprising ways to thrive in their tightly knit community. A rich portrait of a bygone era of comradeship and midwifery populated by unforgettable characters, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End will appeal to readers of Frank McCourt, Katherine Boo, and James Herriot, as well as to the fans of the acclaimed PBS show based on the trilogy.

The Midwife’s Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain’s Longest Serving Midwives

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Author: Linda Fairley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007446314

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 3246

The Sunday Times bestseller ‘Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever. Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there’s honestly nothing like it... I’ve since brought more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.’

Ursula Under

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Author: Ingrid Hill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784702137

Category:

Page: 496

View: 4428

A dangerous rescue attempt in Michigan has captured the attention of the entire country. A two-year-old girl has fallen down a mine shaft. Ursula Wong is the only child of a poor family and referred to by one member of the TV audience as 'half-breed trailer trash', not worth all the expense. But Ursula is the last of her family line and her story explodes into a gorgeous saga of culture, history and heredity. Ursula's forebears include a second-century BC Chinese alchemist; an orphaned consort to a Swedish queen; and Ursula's great-great-grandfather, Jake Maki, a miner who died in a cave-in aged twenty-nine. Ursula's fate echoes those of her ancestors, many of whom so narrowly escaped not being born that any given individual's life comes to seem a miracle.

Back Story

A Memoir

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Author: David Mitchell

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780007351725

Category: Comedians

Page: 326

View: 5045

As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details: the singular, pitbull-infested charm of the FRP ('Flat Roofed Pub') the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica trying to pretend he isn't a total **** at Robert Webb's wedding that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday that he's not David Mitchell the novelist. Despite what David Miliband might think