At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.
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"Nicola Barber uses a rich Cockney accent to deliver an insightful portrayal of Jennifer Worth's memoir of nursing and midwifery in the East End of London in the 1950s. There she worked alongside an order of long-established nuns, a surprising calling given her sheltered background. Barber captures the tension and pain of women giving birth, as well as their grim surroundings. Her tone changes to bittersweet whenever Jennifer meets with kindness, understanding, and even humor in the midst of the difficult environment. Her depiction of birthing a premature baby at 28 weeks and the mother's care of the baby at home is poignant and vivid. Graphic descriptions of sex, prostitution, and a brothel leave nothing to the imagination. Still, this is a rare and moving listening experience. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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