Midwife on Call: Tales of Tiny Miracles

Midwife on Call Tales of Tiny Miracles Funny poignant and rich with period detail Midwife on Call traces Agnes s touching journey from squeamish pupil to assured professional Agnes Light trained as a nurse in the s and went on to be

  • Title: Midwife on Call: Tales of Tiny Miracles
  • Author: Agnes Light
  • ISBN: 9781444736120
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Funny, poignant, and rich with period detail, Midwife on Call traces Agnes s touching journey from squeamish pupil to assured professional Agnes Light trained as a nurse in the 1960s and went on to become a midwife helping to bring new lives into the world for than 30 years After fainting from shock at the first birth she attended as a student, Agnes grew to adore hFunny, poignant, and rich with period detail, Midwife on Call traces Agnes s touching journey from squeamish pupil to assured professional Agnes Light trained as a nurse in the 1960s and went on to become a midwife helping to bring new lives into the world for than 30 years After fainting from shock at the first birth she attended as a student, Agnes grew to adore her job and the lifelong friends that worked with her on the maternity ward In her enchanting memoir, she recalls how she struggled at first with the strict rules of hospital etiquette, and the expectation that she would always know the right thing to do from dealing with hysterical fathers to miracle multiple births, Agnes quickly learned she had to keep a cool head whatever the circumstances This is a heartwarming portrait of a thoughtful and compassionate midwife.

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    1. This is the memoir of Agnes Light, a woman with a very strong passion for her working life. It's a story of her journey through life as a community midwife. This isn't the usual sort of book that I would pick up as I've never really thought about childbirth or the jobs of doctors and midwives. Since I am expecting my first baby I thought I would try and get some information, I've been trying self help books but have found them a bit too clinical and impersonal so I thought I would give this memo [...]

    2. This started out dull but steadily got better as I read on. Not in the same league as 'Call the Midwife' but still interesting enough.This is set in the 70s/80s and it's pretty amazing to see how many changes have been made in the maternity department since then. It was sad when she was talking about the hospitals/maternity wards being shut down. I was born in Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, sadly that no longer has a maternity ward.I know Agnes was all for a home birth but personally I'd much ra [...]

    3. I can't help but compare books like this to Jennifer Worth's Call the Midwife, seeing as that book is what got me interested in this subject in the first place. The stories just didn't have that emotional connection that Call the Midwife had, and none of them really made an impact on me, as there was too much name dropping and they were much too short.I also felt like the author came across as a little self-righteous at times, and had a habit of stating her opinions as facts. This got on my nerv [...]

    4. This book looks at what unites the majority of women- pregnancy and childbirth. These are the true stories of a midwife who has experienced thousands of deliveries over thirty years as a midwife. She has endured some horrific deliveries but also seen joy enter so many people's lives. She has attended many different types of births, emergency caesareans and 100% natural home births. In her opinion the type of birth, where it occurs and the people in attendance influences the experience for everyo [...]

    5. The success of Jennifer Worth's 'Call the Midwife ' has spawned many of these cheap imitations. I am not decrying the author's hard work or experience, more the self righteous tone and the lack of an efficient editor. Many opinions are repeated and the writing style does not flow smoothly. Emotional connection was lacking despite the poignancy of some of the stories and there were too many occasions where Agnes painted herself as the heroine of the hour. This book just makes me admire Jennifer W [...]

    6. So I really liked the premise of this book, it's quite like other books in the genre such as the One Born Every Minute book or the Call the Midwife series. So I was all set up to really like it but I have to say, I didn't.I really didn't warm to the author Agnes Light and when she was talking about her experiences, good or bad I always felt like she was trying to do a one-up on the people around her. Like, this mistake was made by me but so-and-so made a much bigger mistake over there. It seemed [...]

    7. This is a really interesting memoir about the author's time as a midwife, from the start of her training and through her career as a nurse and as a community midwife. Before reading this book I didn't know much about what midwives did, or even very much about childbirth in general. This book certainly taught me a few things that I didn't know. I was even quite shocked by some of the attitudes of medical professionals mentioned in this book.The book is written in quite a laid back style and readi [...]

    8. Done reading “ Midwife on Call” for Agnes Light. I had started reading the book a year ago, but I gave up reading after a few chapters. In general, the book is not bad. It talks about a midwife journey in UK and how the maternity cares developed in some ways and set back in others. I found the first chapters so mind-numbing because the author focused on her life, but it became interesting when she talked about women experience with giving births. However, I agonized with the last chapters as [...]

    9. Agnes Light went to train as a nurse but became pregnant. Later she was able to do a short midwifery course, which she trained as a midwife .The book basically goes through the working life of Agnes until she retired. The changes in things over the years . A short easy read biography style book

    10. I didn't enjoy this book as much as most of the other midwife memoirs I've read. There was more time than I would have liked focusing at the beginning on her life and on her general training and then at the end on her teaching career. A lot of info about the NHS system. The birth stories tended to be more shallow than I would like. Just not what I'm looking in a midwife book.

    11. Picked this one up from the library thinking it was the book the new TV series on BBC1 was based on - but I was wrong. But I wasn't disappointed at all. Really well written it follows the authors career in midwifery from the late 1960's all the way up to not too many years ago. Very interesting.

    12. View of the positives and especially the negatives of the British health care system, as seen through a practicing midwife's eyes. What can I say? I love the medical books.

    13. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoy reading books about birth, so this was right up my alley. She shared good birth stories, and I ended the book feeling inspired about birth and midwifery.

    14. A very interesting book its good to hear the midwife side of things once I started to read I couldn't put it down.

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