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The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (The Midwife Trilogy #1)

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The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (The Midwife Trilogy #1)

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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 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.

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. She then moved to London to train as a midwife. She later became a staff nurse at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, and then ward sister and sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Euston. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 Jennifer left nursing in order to study music intensively, gaining the Licentiate of the London College of Music in 1974 and a Fellowship ten years later. Jennifer married Philip Worth in 1963 and they lived together in Hertfordshire. She died in May 2011, leaving her husband, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her memoirs are the basis for the popular TV series Call the Midwife.

ISBN: 9780143116233

ISBN-10: 9780143116233

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 04/07/2009 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/07/2009 - 12:00am

Pages: 352

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Women

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Social Science / Women's Studies