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by Worth, Jennifer

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TitleCall the midwife : a true story of the East End in the 1950s
Author / Responsible partyWorth, Jennifer
GenreAutobiography, Biography.
TopicsAutobiography, Biography. Midwives -- England -- London. Childbirth -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century. East End (London, England) -- Social conditions -- 20th century. Worth, Jennifer, 1935-2011.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction. Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated, but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

Additional Information

System control numberE15538
Original Print PublisherLondon : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012.
Narrator NameNicola Barber.
Participant or performer noteNicola Barber.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator