The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives [NOOK Book]

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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007446315
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 40,180
  • File size: 3 MB

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Thank you

    I love free friday books. I read things i might never have tried.

    20 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    I am going to try this one, as it's free, which I do appreciate.

    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.

    18 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Excellent book...I really hope BN decides to offer the author's

    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!

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Finally!  A non-smut, non-juvenile book!  I LOVE Free Fridays -

    Finally!  A non-smut, non-juvenile book!  I LOVE Free Fridays - this will appeal to many!

    13 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    I think free Fridays are great. Many of us prefer just one gerre

    I think free Fridays are great. Many of us prefer just one gerre and this encourages us to try another. There are many readers who like to try different books. This is a great way to it. Thank you B&N.

    11 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Open your mind!

    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!

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    What a wonderful book! I finished it in just a few days since it

    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!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    IThank you B&N for Free Fridays

    Thank you for Free Fridays!!! I look forward to it all week! What a fun surprise"unwrapping" the week's gift to findout what it will be. Thiss isa fun one for me, since I had a midwife to assist mee in delivering my son back in 1978. It was a very positive experiennce for every one involved. This is a nice choice foe this week.. I know I will enjoy reading it. FF's give mea chance for something a lirrle different than what I usually choose to read. It is always good to broaden my
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    This author did a nice job of taking usinto a branch of medicine we rarely get to explore and in a country most of us have never experienced, either. A topic which is fun to explore, i.e. babies, new family members, etc. So guit griping! Just "buy the book" then archive it for a rainy day... 'nuff said! KD

    9 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Me

    Thanks barns and noble. I love free fridays! I really would love to see more Christen and Amish books for good clean reading. Alot of free books are just disgusting.....not fit for someone just a good book.

    9 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Authentic and engaging

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    I disagree

    Please stop the christian and amish sweet fake stuff Real literatore would be much better

    7 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Boo, 2!

    This is the second week in a row I have not considered taking the free book. I'm a spporter of midwifes but to have my free selection limited to this very small part of the universe, when there is so much more out there is baffling.

    7 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Boo

    Come on...really? Is this all there is to offer for free friday? Last week it was a dumb kiddie book about crossed up grizzly/polar bear now this. Lame.

    7 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    How wonderful that you offer a variety of readings. I am willin

    How wonderful that you offer a variety of readings. I am willing to try different readings than my usual since they are free.

    6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    For nurses, student nurses, Mothers to be and all women (men too)

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Quit complaining

    Why complain when it is free? Thanks Barnes and Noble!

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    THANKS!

    Love the Free Friday selections and how they are keyed to current events. The Friday before Labor Day we get a book about a midwife. Very cute. :)

    And to all you people lowering the rating of a book you haven't read because you don't like the FREE book offered: Karma is going to get you for that.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Love free Fridays

    Tnank you for all the great free books, Some I loved and some I have passed on: but what a great surprise when I get a great book! :)

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Thanks for free books

    I read alot. I love getting new books, some I don't get because they don' t appeal to me but I love that you offer a vararety of stories. Thanks

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Thanks alot b&n

    I have never read her books but will give this a try. And i thank b&n for the amish and christian books. They are i read this country is in big trouble if more people would put their minds on this type of bok it might help

    4 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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