The Midwife's Here! The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives

The Midwife's Here! The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives

Linda Fairley / Jun 06, 2020

The Midwife s Here The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain s Longest Serving Midwives Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands that new life there s honestly nothing like it I ve since brought than

  • Title: The Midwife's Here! The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives
  • Author: Linda Fairley
  • ISBN: 9780007446308
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there s honestly nothing like it I ve since brought than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.It s the summer of 1967and St Mary s Maternity Hospital in Manchester is a place from a bygone aDelivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there s honestly nothing like it I ve since brought than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.It s the summer of 1967and St Mary s Maternity Hospital in Manchester is a place from a bygone age It is filled with starched white hats and full skirts, steaming laundries and milk kitchens, strict curfews and bellowed commands It is a time of homebirths, swaddling and dangerous anaesthetics It was this world that Linda Fairley entered as a trainee midwife aged just 19 years old.From the moment Linda delivered her first baby racing across rain splattered Manchester street on her trusty moped in the dead of night Linda knew she d found her vocation The midwife s here they always exclaimed, joined in their joyful chorus by relieved husbands, mothers, grandmothers and whoever else had found themselves in close proximity to a woman about to give birth.Under the strict supervision of community midwife Mrs Tattershall, Linda s gruellingly long days were spent on overcrowded wards pinning Terry nappies, making up bottles and sterilizing bedpans and above all helping women in need Her life was a succession of emergencies, successes and tragedies a never ending chain of actions which made all the difference between life and death.There was Mrs Petty who gave birth in heartbreaking poverty Mrs Drew who confided to Linda that the triplets she was carrying were not in fact her husband s and Murial Turner, whose dangerously premature baby boy survived against all the odds Forty years later Linda s passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever as she is now celebrated as one of Britain s longest serving midwives, still holding the lives of mothers and children in her own two hands.Rich in period detail and told with a good dose of Manchester humour, The Midwife s Here is the extraordinary, heartwarming tale of a truly inspiring woman.

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    1. This is an episodic memoir, reminiscent in a way of James Herriot's vet books, which means you can put it down without losing the thread. Written about a period of change in the UK's National Health Service (and a lot of change and upheaval generally, such as the change to the decimal system), the emphasis is on her decision first to become a nurse and then to become specifically a midwife.Perhaps it's because she herself didn't like general nursing that I didn't enjoy that section as much. The [...]

    2. A really lovely read hearing how Linda trained from a nurse through to a midwife and all the hard times she would have. She nearly gave up training as a nurse but they gave her a placement at the maternity hospital and she then decided it's what she defiantly wanted to do. Strange to hear how the times change while she's working and training and how many babies she delivers. Well worth reading.

    3. A lot of this book is about the years of study and apprenticeship that a nurse (and then midwife) went through in England in the late 1960s. Interesting, lots of anecdotes, so it doesn't get tedious. Nursing and midwifery were very, very different in those days. A pleasant read.

    4. Quotable:‘The ward has to be clean, neat and tidy at all times,’ the Welsh voice continued. ‘Patients are washed and have their beds changed every day. Bedding must be fitted exactly the same way each day, with enveloped corners on bottom sheets. Pillowcase ends facing away from the doors and perfectly folded counterpanes on top of blankets. You will receive precise instructions in bed-making procedures in due course.’Funnily enough, conversations were hardly ever about babies. The new m [...]

    5. Quite simply written, Linda's voice is very clear; I could almost hear the words being spoken, as if she were in another room and talking to me. This covers her first few years, from entering nursing school at age 18 in the 1960s to qualifying and serving as a midwife. It's most interesting to see how things have changed: when she first started there were three 10-hour nursing shifts, nurses washed patients and remade their beds every day, nurses wore starched caps, detachable cuffs and were sup [...]

    6. I’ve always been fascinated by midwifery and after loving PBS’ Call the Midwife and seeking out Jennifer Worth’s first memoir of her own time as a midwife in London’s East End – this seemed like a perfect fit. I think this is an excellent example of the different between someone who is a good storyteller and a good writer. The author was Britain’s longest serving midwife and this memoir focuses heavily on her training and early experiences in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She has g [...]

    7. Loved it, especially with it being a midwife from where I live, and she worked in the hospital I was born in and my children were born in, great to hear how things were done back then!

    8. An easy read, but I should have read the title more carefully. I somehow thought the book would be stories about delivering babies, but in reality the entire first half is the story of getting her education.

    9. Another amazing midwifery memoir! Occasionally needed some editing, but overall a really great story. Fairley's voice is compassionate and clear in this book. I think it makes a nice companion piece to "Call the Midwife" (the show; sadly the book is still on my to-read list), looking at birth in Britain in the early-mid 20th century.

    10. Why is it that some people live such fascinating lives, but are unable to tell their stories in a way that draws the reader in? I read hundreds of memoirs every year and it's rare to find a truly outstanding one like this book. The author started her career as a nurse in the early 1960's, when nursing schools were still attached to teaching hospitals and the emphasis was on regimentation and strict obedience. Good training, since at that time nurses took temps and emptied bedpans and kept their [...]

    11. I am one of those people who always look in the bargain bins/reduced to clear items at the shops. Most of the time there’s nothing I want there, but sometimes you get a gem. Hence I often take a look at the sale/bargain section of book websites, and I’ve found some great books and new authors that way.While I didn’t strike gold with The Midwife’s Here!, it did relieve some of my withdrawal symptoms from Call the Midwife. Linda Fairley is one of Britain’s longest serving midwives, and t [...]

    12. I graduated from nursing school in 1970 I went to work in the hospital where seven of my premature brothers and sisters were born. My youngest sister and I were my mother's only term bitths. She had hrt ladt nine babirs at St. M's, where my youngest brother , at three pounds, was born less than three years before I started working at the ripe age of twenty. My dream was to work every area of the fifth floor, which all arras of inpatient health care. With all of that experience, I hoped I would b [...]

    13. I guess it’s no surprise that, as a first time mum to be, this book caught my eye whilst I was perusing the shelves of WHSmith one lunch time. Usually I’m not one for ‘real life’ or autobiographical stories, but this one spiked my interest because the midwife concerned serves a local area close to where I live, and was schooled in the area I currently live.The book is well written and easy to read (I read it in one afternoon) but I have to say it wasn’t quite what I expected. The story [...]

    14. Fast and easy readAn enjoyable read detailing the education of a sheltered middle class girl as she learns first nursing, then midwifery. Interesting details of what the educational process was like back then. A little insulting the way the women were treated - like sheep incapable of thought. Quite off-putting to read how often they were told "that's just the way it is", and absolutely horrifying the way Dr Franklin spoke to some women. Absolutely disgusting and appalling.The first time she is [...]

    15. This memoir of the UK midwife who has delivered the most babies is, as you can imagine, absolutely heart-warming. It's not beautifully written, but it's not bad, and it is a quick, easy, engaging read. Linda Fairley starts her long career in the early 1960's in Manchester, England, when students, nurses, sisters and matrons wore distinctive starched, sparkling white uniforms and aprons with different pins, stripes and strings to designate where they were in the hierarchy. Mothers seldom breastfe [...]

    16. The Midwife's Here! chronicles the early years of Linda's career as a nurse and midwife. As an aspiring midwife I bought this for the midwifery element so was quite disappointed that this didn't actually start until halfway through the book. The first half, describing Linda's training at Manchester Royal Infirmary was interesting in places but quite protracted and I found myself willing her through her nursing degree just so I could get to the midwifery part of the book!The second half of the bo [...]

    17. Pheww it took almost 3 years before I finished reading this book though I'd found it was a nice reading. I'm easily distracted hehe. I'd mostly enjoyed the second half of this book especially about the author and her inspirational mentor-Mrs. Tatersall. I'd (almost) shed my tears reading the last chapter about the baby Liam who was born at 26 weeks of gestation. And I was like 'WUUAAATT!' When she mentioned in the Epilogue that she and Graham had seperated a few years after their son was born in [...]

    18. A charming, quick memoir that covers the training and early career of the NHS' longest serving midwife, who began delivering babies at the end of the 1960s. It's a bit choppy with quite a few late 60s/early 70s song titles and cultural tidbits likely inserted by her ghostwriter to place the story in its era; this wasn't at all necessary to carry the story along. Her voice still comes through, and she conveys the difficulty and self-doubt that young people overcome when finding their vocation in [...]

    19. This wouldn't be a book for everyone, but I found it fascinating! There was a time in my pre-married life when I had graduated from dental hygiene school and was seriously considering going back to midwife school. It wasn't that I didn't like dental hygiene, I just found it was not as exciting as a career could be. Now with three kids and a husband, I am grateful for a career that is predictable and steady.I am also consumed with the show "Call the Midwife"-so for me this book was a good read. I [...]

    20. I liked this book which told the story of the longest working midwife at one hospital in the UK (or something close) but the author is not the storyteller that Jennifer Worth of the "Call the Midwife" series was. The books are different as this one goes through the early career of the author and while patients stories are included, it's not the main focus per se. I think I enjoyed the patient story focus better myself. I did enjoy the book but I liked the other series of books much more and may [...]

    21. I enjoyed reading this book on my phone. Each part of the story was engaging, but I could also put it down when I needed to. It took me a while since I was reading other books at the same time.I think I was most engaged by it because she is only three years younger than me, so many of her experiences in the sixties and seventies mirrored my own--the moon landing, the Beatles, etc.It was interesting to me that the picture on the cover was used to advertise the new maternity hospital that she told [...]

    22. Since I became an RN during the same time that Ms. Fairley did, I could appreciate the stories and depictions written in the book. Although I took my training in a 3 year diploma program on this side of the pond, our experiences were very similar. I worked mostly in medical surgical wards and then went on to get a Bachelor's degree. Still no matter, the circumstances and the stories are much the same. I could well appreciate her work load and the obstacles that she overcame with much flexibility [...]

    23. I enjoyed the show Call the Midwife and so I was intrigued by this free kindle book written by another longstanding British midwife (the longest in fact). Although it is not really like the show as the setting is different and a bit less dramatic (as I imagine all our diaries would be), the theme of midwifery is something that intrigues me and also haunts me a bit. I do torture myself reading about babies. However, this book is one that anyone could enjoy and relate to because it is not just abo [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book a lot. It is non-fiction and told about the life of a midwife in England. She is about 10 years younger than I am, so it was interesting to read about the things going on in her personal life and in England at that time. I was surprised that things were so different - for instance even local phone calls were expensive in the 90's! She absolutely loved being a midwife and her experiences were varied and fascinating. She seemed like a very sweet and nice person and her husband [...]

    25. From a London nursing education in the 60's through her midwife career in 1972, Linda Fairley treats us to a fascinating account of pregnancy and delivery then and now. It will spark many memories for those of you who lived thru those years and will bring amazement to those following as to how pregnancy and delivery were handled in "days gone by". I look forward to reading her second book, Bundles of Joy, following the rest of her career. This astounding midwife has delivered over 2,200 babies a [...]

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