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

Linda Fairley
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Book Description

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.

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About 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 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

  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (May 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007446306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007446308
  • ASIN: B006I1J54W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read July 11, 2013
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What an interesting era in history. Midwives were so much needed by the community and this girl found her true vocation in life. Wonderful stories and beautifully told.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Midwife's Here August 1, 2013
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Easy to read and I read it quickly. As a nurse from the UK I was able to compare nursing schools Manchester vs London.
I would recommend this as recreational reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent and interesting read June 29, 2013
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The story is realistic and you feel like you're there every step of the way. A great read and recommended thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, if you like nurse stories September 10, 2013
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And I do. I got this because I'd enjoyed 'Call the Midwife' PBS series. This book is set a bit later than the series, and covers the next generation of British midwifery. I like stories about student nurses, so the fact that she spends a lot of time telling about her training was interesting to me, but I can see how people who were only interested in midwifery stories could find that to drag on for too long (about half the book). The author promises a second book, and I hope there is a good strong editor for that one, as the major flaws in the book seem to be due to inexperience that would have benefited from more assistance in choosing the events and order. For example, James Herriott's vet books after All Creatures Great and Small used memories to go back and fill in, rather than trying to be an absolute chronology of his experiences. I think if our author had done that- starting off with some fascinating stories of being a midwife, THEN including a chapter about her training, and so on, it would have been a stronger book. I look forward to seeing how the sequel plays out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwar April 12, 2013
By Angela
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The author engages us in her story and life and made me picture myself in her shoes each time. Delightful. Looking forward to the next book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this! July 16, 2012
By Noob13
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I couldnt put this book down, I loved the way the story was re-told and details remembered, I loved hearing about all of the interesting births and dilemas that the author found herself in. Cant wait to read more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming April 26, 2013
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Inspirational and informative. A little cheesy at times but you can really identify with the author. Lots of funny moments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting!!!! February 18, 2013
By mm
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I really did enjoy this book especially after seeing the series Call the Midwife on PBS...Fast read and very interesting about the work of a midwife!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun insight to a very difficult responsibility
If you watch the midwife programs on PBS you'll enjoy this book too. The stories are very similar.
Published 22 days ago by E. LaMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I really liked this true story of this British midwife and what she went through to achieve her career.....will be reading the second book!!!!!!!.....GOOD read!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Righto, the midwife's still here!
In forty-two years as a midwife, Linda Fairley has delivered over 2,200 babies. That’s an amazing record, but what’s even more awe-inspiring is that she’s still thrilled with each... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KmVictorian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i loved all the midwife books
Published 1 month ago by MARYANNSPOLLITO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book. It was very interesting and a real peak into a mid wives life.
Published 2 months ago by SHARON G.
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
A nice little reminisce of how a girl became a midwife. Different from the Call the Midwife series which really explores the cockneys as well as the ladies and the nurses... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trinka G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reading! Worth the money!
Published 2 months ago by Aurora Bodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brought back memories
Good read!
Published 2 months ago by Quilter
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
Interesting read, I loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Hennet
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