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"Call for the Midwife" You Would Hear them Shout Along the Streets of London
The workhouses of East London provided food and shelter to the poor. The desperate stories of the mother and children separated and never to set eyes on each other again. It seems too barbaric to have been real life.
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This is the very first of the Authors books where you are introduced to the life of midwifery in the 1950s of East end London. Where the Nonnatus nuns ran the successful midwifery service. the whole book is fascinating and recounts the medical advancements over the years, the demise of the slums, and the introduction of the National Health Service in the UK.
A time when pain killing methods were unheard of, hot water from a tap was not heard of, and you were told to "grit your teeth and bear it" the humor in this book alone make the nitty gritty of the hardships of these poverty stricken woman make you sit up and have respect for those ladies. Making this a not only a delightful read but a real education in child birth through the years..
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through the years
This book focuses on the earlier years of midwifery in London early on in the transition of the Medical Treatment of the Nation.
In July 1948 when the National Health Service became operational health care became free to those who needed it.
Call the Midwife is set at a very prolific and transitional time in the History and development of nursing. The local district nursing associations, were beginning to disappear at the same time that the old run down tenements of London were condemned, Unsuitable for living habitation. Many had been bombed and were unsafe after the 2nd World War.
But these tenements still stood and seemed to thrive with their own communities, which were still full to their capacity, and overflowing. Often housing 16+ family members between 2 rooms of each flat. these were indeed known as the slums of London in the 1950s.
The contraceptive pill had not been developed yet. The midwives were busy, very busy.
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Midwives and Poverty in Early Years
Midwives would command the same respect as Policemen and Doctors
Today most would avoid these types of buildings. But for many this was their home.
The midwifes live in the nunnery, and live by strict rules. Where although they do not live by the strict religious setting of the nuns, the Midwives respected and worked and lived alongside the nuns who provided them with a rigid structure and commitment to their working day.
Working in the face of adversity and many challenging situations. Often with very little medical assistance. These very modern day heroines achieved great many things that their visionary Florence Nightingale would have been more than proud of their success.
Many of the midwives were born into middle class and upper class families, and the "slums" could not be further from what they had been brought up around. So a Social cultural difference is prominent throughout the book.
A quote I remember form the book was "Its people like you who are meant to help people like me".
Many struggling with the poverty and Squalor conditions these families lived in.
Fleas, rats and filth of the utmost stomach churning of smells was an everyday hazard for these ladies.
But by going into these areas of deprivation they were neither ridiculed nor given any trouble, they were held with as much respect of that time that the police doctors alike would command.
However there are many who did indeed take to the cockney slang, and on some visits would shout ..."make this woman a cup of Sweet Rosey lee" which means "make this woman a cup of Tea
The last book in the trilogy of Call the Midwife
Communication and Education with the Midwives
Education was critical at this time in the midwifery practice, only recently was "gas and air" introduced as a pain reliever, and even for that you would need to attend the hospital, many refused to go to the hospital still as they were seen as places of death, or were the lunatic asylums. So woman still opted for the home births. There is a hilarious account of one of the nurses trying out the Gas and Air to show the mothers to be there is nothing to worry about. She did not complete her shift that day .
We must remember these were the days when telephones in each room,, mobile devices were not even a thought in someone head, many of the streets were lucky to share a telephone, and many because they were condemned and should not have anyone living in them, had no waste disposal, and a toilet to share at the back of the flats.
This is where you would hear the call for the midwife being shouted for along the verandas.
The message actually very quickly reaching the Nurses house.
You would then see the midwife, with her stark in contrast immaculate, uniform, black leather medical bag, cycling furiously to the mother to be who would be waiting in the "receiving room" which was no more than the bedroom all set up ready for the baby's delivery, with hot water and blankets. Ready to get this baby into the world.
Jennifer Worths' memoirs retraces those early years caring for the poor and unfortunate in postwar London
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Honestly you need to read these stories even if you dont believe me, when I say sometimes I wish we could go back to the days when things seemed so much more less complicated.
The Author gives a fantastic account of a Spanish mother who is about to give birth to her 24th, (yes you read right) Her 24th Child, in which the midwife finds out the marvelous secret of the couples long and happy marriage.
The wife could not speak English and the husband could not speak Spanish, but later on when the Spanish mother is re-visited we get an insight into the miracle of premature babies in the 1950s with the shocking but heartwarming delivery of her 25th Child
Obviously the end of an era celebrated in this last book of the trilogy
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