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The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

April 20th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: An unforgettable story of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the strength or remarkable and inspiring women.

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife to postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies — from the plucky, warmhearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children, 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.

I do not normally read memoirs so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one.  Worth wrote in an engaging manner that drew you into the lives of her patients.  Having given birth to a child with all of the modern conveniences available to me it’s hard to imagine how these women and children back in the 50s managed to survive.  I can’t imagine what it would be like going through what they went through.  I also have to give credit to the midwives of Nonnatus house for their dedication.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a mother.  It is definitely an eye-opening account.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Non-fiction

2 Responses

  1. Carrie K.

    This sounds like a memoir I would enjoy – thanks for the review. If you decide to try another memoir, The Glass Castle is wonderful.

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks Carrie. I’ll have to add that to my list of books to read.

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