Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife

By Jennifer Worth

  • Release Date: 2009-05-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 163 Ratings
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A fascinating slice of social history - Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series.

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.


  • Loved it!

    By jadebilusich
    Up there with the most moving and fascinating books I have ever read. So much heart and wit.
  • Call the midwife

    By PamelaJune
    Loved this book even more than the tv series.
  • Call The Midwife

    By L16B
    Absolutely loved this book!! Could not put it down, very well written and had you wanting more. Thank you Jennifer Worth for sharing your life experiences.
  • Beautiful book

    By Snore123
    I found Call the midwife to be moving, informative and well written. As an ex midwife myself, it brought back memories( of the 70's rather than the 50's) of another time in my life. Jenny Lee was a much better midwife and nurse than I ever was but she would be an inspiration for contemporary medical staff working in the field. Such gentle and wise care. Thankfully, the midwives who delivered my babies were very bit as wonderful.
  • Melly

    By Hewerdawe
    Loved this book! So interesting and hard to put down
  • Call the Midwife

    By Motherroad
    Wonderfully written. Thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Was so saddened to read this wonderful woman no longer with us. Highly recommend
  • Fantastic!

    By Lilllyrose
    Loved this book, couldn't put it down! The ending left me wanting so much more. Starting on the other books now :)
  • Call The Midwife

    By PH-J
    What a great read. Could not put the book down till I had finished it. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now for the next on
  • Call the Midwife

    By Plutha
    I found I couldn't put it down but found the ending a little abrupt and didn't realise it was the end until I was reading about the cockney dialog phrases and how to pronounce sentences in the dialog.