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

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by Linda Fairley
     
 

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The Sunday Times bestseller‘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 more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.’It’s the summer of 1968

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The Sunday Times bestseller‘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 more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.’It’s the summer of 1968 and 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 Muriel 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.

Linda Fairley enrolled as a trainee nurse with Manchester Royal Infirmary at the age of 18. She went on to train as a midwife at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, and later Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester. She remained there for the next 40 years.Linda lives in Greater Manchester and has two children, Jonathan and Fiona. She still works two days a week as a community midwife, continuing to serve the women of Tameside.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007446315
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/10/2012
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
117,775
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Fairley enrolled as a trainee nurse with Manchester Royal Infirmary at the age of 18. She went on to train as a midwife at St Mary’s Infirmary, and later Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester. She remained there for the next 40 years.

Linda lives in Greater Manchester and has two children, Peter and Fiona. In 2010 she was nominated for the Cheshire Woman of the Year Award. She still works two days a week as a community midwife, continuing to serve the women of Tameside.

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Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of Britain's Longest Serving Midwife 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 242 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book...I really hope BN decides to offer the author's second book "Bundles of Joy" which Amazon has scheduled to release on 10/25/12!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! I finished it in just a few days since it was so interesting. It's just amazing to read of the typical maternity experience in the 60s and 70s. So very different than today. Great choice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Linda Fairley's account of her early career as a midwife more than I expected to. Although the writing style is a bit over-cliched at times, the conversational tone is quite engaging, and it is clear that this is an authentic story by a woman who truly loves her work. This was a Free on Friday selection, but by the end of the book I was so involved with Linda's story that I cheerfully purchased the sequel "Bundles of Joy" and read it with even more pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Memories will come flooding in if you went into nursing, had a baby or are about to have a baby. Men ought to read this to get an idea about women having babies, their fears and delights. History is shown as the story progresses in how advanced medical care has changed, all for the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is for reviewing books!!!! Normally I don't comment here unless I've read the book but, it's not fair to the book or its author to give it a low rating because you don't like the free friday selection. I'm giving it 5 stars for all the jerks who haven't read it and gave it 1. This was not my favorite selection but it's FREE!!!!!!!! I've read other free friday books that that I wouldn't usually read and been pleasantly suprised. The ones I don't like I just stop reading and delete. So try opening your mind and expanding your knowledge. Another option is to pay for what you want. If that doesn't work for you, try going down to WalMart and see what books they have for free there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going to try this one, as it's free, which I do appreciate. I am sorry to see so many negative comments on the book that is offered for free. The free offering can't be just for a few types of readers. With so many different genres for reading, we must all be patient and let the other reader have a chance at a free boo,. Thank you B&N for doing this. I don't always take the free offering, but then I don't read some types of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating, intimate look into the world of late 60s and early 70s Manchester, UK through the eyes of a young midwife. Amazing how far women have come, and how much ideas of motherhood have changed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book for the free Friday selection. At first i was a tad bit hesitant because its not normally the type of book i would read.  However that being said i couldn't put it down once i had started. The stories the author told of her experiences ranged from heartbreaking  to hilarious. I found myself unable to put the book down and finished it in a day. Needless to say i will be getting the authors second book.  To all those reviewers who are upset at its choice of free Friday selection maybe you should try to read the book first. You might be  pleasantly surprised like i was. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very inspirational read. Very well written. This book was written by a woman that has been a midwife for 40 years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Read it in just a few days, can't wait to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read!! Loved, Loved, Loved it!! Highly recommended if you like "Call the Midwife."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story about becoming a nurse and midwife in the late 60s early 70s. I really learned a lot about this profession and how babies were delivered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming brit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this book very much and am thankful to B&N for the free Friday books. This is an interesting and well written account of a young lady finding her career path.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed learning about changes in delivery & postnatal care over generations. Also enjoyed looking up unfamiliar British terms.
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enjoyed the book
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