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Call The Midwife Is The Best Book I Have Ever Read

Updated on October 30, 2014
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"Call for the Midwife" You Would Hear them Shout Along the Streets of London

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

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..

The Complete Call the Midwife Stories: True Stories of the East End in the 1950s
The Complete Call the Midwife Stories: True Stories of the East End in the 1950s

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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

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.

The Complete Call the Midwife Stories: True Stories of the East End in the 1950s
The Complete Call the Midwife Stories: True Stories of the East End in the 1950s

Jennifer Worths' memoirs retraces those early years caring for the poor and unfortunate in postwar London


Call the Midwife Books

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

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End

Obviously the end of an era celebrated in this last book of the trilogy


© 2013 Lisa Auch

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I will definitely read this book after such a wonderful review! :D

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      5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I've been watching the TV series occasionally. Some episodes I've enjoyed and others not so much. I'll maybe try the book because I usually enjoy the book better. It's interesting social history.

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      5 years ago

      Lisa what a wonderful review. I just finished watching the TV series online. I was amazed at the surroundings that these midwifes worked in. Of course being from US I wasn't that familiar with the conditions during this time, after all I was only 7 yrs. old when this adventured happened. I must admit like any medical show I am always comparing it the "real" world. Having worked L&D for many years I had to say this piece got it right! I am putting the book and total series on my wish list. Great job.

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      5 years ago

      You people in England sure like history! I think your TV must be much better than ours. Thanks for telling us Americans about this book and TV series. i'll have to check it out further.

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      5 years ago

      I know someone who would be very interested in reading this book. She watches the series too.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      5 years ago from London

      I'm a fan - the BBC series is wonderful and I keep meaning to buy this book so it's great to be able to read a book review.

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      5 years ago from UK

      I love this series and watch it regularly on a Sunday evening! I really want to read the books now, it is so captivating. Excellent book review.

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      nightbear lm 

      5 years ago

      What a wonderful review. I can't say this is anything I would normally read, but you have been very captivating yourself with this review. And I loved the video so this may be something I need to take notice of. Thank you for opening my eyes.

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      5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I had never heard of this series of books but will have to add it to my book list. Thank you for the recommendation. Blessed!

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      5 years ago

      Before there were doctors, there were midwives. I have not heard about this book, but I played your video and it sounds like UK TV will have a hit with the series based on this book. Enjoyed your review.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I've read the first book and can't wait to read the others and watch the PBS show. This book is highly recommended!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Sounds like the type of series I'd love! Thank you for the awesome review. :)

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      poppy mercer 

      5 years ago from London

      This isn't a topic I would ever normally consider reading about, but you've persuaded me. Call the Midwife is now on my list. Thanks for a good recommendation Lisa.

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      5 years ago

      I have just seen one of the TV programmes but would like to catch up on it. I did not realise it had been made into a book. Your enthusiasm for Call the Midwife really shines through this excellent book review Lisa :)

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      5 years ago from Houston

      Hadn't heard of this series. Enjoyed reading your review and all the information. Thanks.

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      5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great lens Lisa - I love the TV series of Call the Midwife and am looking forward to going back to read the books. I heard an interview with the authors granddaughter the other day - her Gran wouldn't let her read the books when she was young because she thought they were too graphic.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Sounds like "Call for the Midwife" is a book I would enjoy reading. thanks for the nice review.

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      5 years ago

      Sounds quite interesting! Thanks for the recommendation!

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love reading about the "good old days" which people seem to conveniently forget now about some of the less good parts. Sounds like this covers it all with good parts and bad from those times.


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