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Call the Midwife An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the hope of one extraordinary woman 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


10 thoughts on “Call the Midwife

  1. Corinne Edwards Corinne Edwards says:

    Having given birth with the support of a midwife three times, when I heard about this one, I knew I had to make time to read it The Midwife is the memoir of Jennifer Worth Jenny and her experiences in the East End Slums of post war London I think three things come together to make this a very interesting book.First, the voice of Jenny She is candid and real her storytelling


  2. Alaine Alaine says:

    I m writing this as I m just about halfway through so I may revise this later For now, oh man I have some issues with this book I started reading it after I watched all of the first season of Call the Midwife on Netflix I loved the show and got excited to see they were based on actual books Maybe my opinion is tainted by the fact that the author states she was trying to be th


  3. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I read the companion book to this last year and hadn t been able to get this in the US, but now I am in the UK with my terminally ill mother I took the opportunity to find it You wouldn t think that the world of the 50s was so different as it is now, but this depiction of the 50s, of bombed out London, health care where antibiotics were the new miracle drug and children played


  4. Diane Diane says:

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book I liked the setting 1950s London but I had been wary of reading 300 plus pages about pregnancies and birthing and midwifery In movies and TV shows, for instance, I hatehatehate childbirth scenes It s always the same The mother cries out in pain, the father looks anxious, the doctor sternly gives orders, and then presto A sweet and


  5. Carol Carol says:

    Post war London with its bombed out buildings and slums is the setting for much of this interesting and entertaining non fiction read There are so many incredible stories in this memoir by Jennifer Worth that it is difficult to pick a favorite, but I loved Chummy with her big ole heart, old fashioned bicycle and her hero Jack who, as you will see, did become important in his day


  6. Katrina Noble Katrina Noble says:

    It was an incredible read that was marred by an obscenely disgusting chapter right smack dab in the middle that made me have to question whether I should continue or not I did continue after skimming past the incredibly gross part and was glad that I did because the remaining stories were very interesting unique and the final few were inspirational I just really hated that such a


  7. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I see now that this is the first book of a series book is fun You are told astounding stories about the author s years working as a midwife at the Nonnatus House Convent in the Docklands during the 1950s You meet the wonderful Sister Monica Joan, a somewhat crazy ninety year old nun, Conchita Warren who will give birth to both her twenty forth and twenty fifth child, the latter pr


  8. Juli Juli says:

    I have had this series by Jennifer Worth sitting on my bookshelves for a year My sister in law let me borrow the five books Call the Midwife, Farewell to East End, In the Midst of Life, Shadows of the Workhouse and Letters to the Midwife because I enjoy the PBS television show I got so tied up in adulting, working, reading new releases for review and other books on my TBR stack, th


  9. Elinor Elinor says:

    Call the Midwife, the first of a trilogy by Jennifer Worth, n e Lee, is a memoir of the author s work as a midwife, working with the nuns of Nonnatus House , in the East End during the 1950s It is a collection of comical, sad, mischievous, happy, and unexpected true tales of poverty stricken large families living in post war London, often in squalid tenements, deemed unfit for human


  10. Hayley Hayley says:

    I decided to read this book because I recently watched the BBC PBS show Call the Midwife , which is based on the memoirs by Jennifer Worth I absolutely fell in love with the TV show it has a perfect mix of happy and sad, with great characters That being said, I actually came away from the book Call the Midwife feeling a little unsatisfied I certainly enjoyed the stories that she told


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