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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755362748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755362745
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The true story of life on the maternity ward

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Maria Anderson has been a NHS midwife for over 20 years. She has worked across the UK and is now based in Inverness with her husband and two children.


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Turner on 6 Mar. 2012
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I don't think I have ever read a book more than once,I have certainly never read a book more than twice but I know as I near the end of Maria's book for the second time that the 1st thing I'm likely to do when I finish it is to start it all over again! It is not only a highly entertaining and inspirational memoir of Maria's life so far,showing just how caring, modest and unassuming one person can be. It is also a wealth of medical knowledge and stories delivered with the most incredible detail in a warm, endearing and amusing dialect. (Be careful, I woke up thinking like a Geordie! "Away Man!" I hear you say, but it's true!)Absolutely amazing read, a perfect gift for Mother's Day by the real Angel Of The North.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catriona Thomson on 8 Mar. 2012
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I have never been so engrossed in a biography before, this is a 'cant put down read' From the early days of Maria's career as a student nurse, to becoming a student midwife (who thought she wouldn't cut it!) then onto community, working with prisoners, women from such diverse backgrounds and faith even working with children becoming mothers themselves. This book offers an incredible insight into the life of a modern day midwife, Maria recalls some hilarious antidotes, poignant memories and some awkward situations all while attending each situation with her trademark red lippy. You can not help but read this book in a Geordie accent!! Maria's writing is incredibly witty, well put together and flows beautifully, whether you work in the field or not, this book is for everyone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 3 Mar. 2012
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I cannot recommend this book enough. I read this book so quickly as I could not put it down. As a mother of two young girls, having the opportunity to understand the role and extended role of a midwife was wonderful. I laughed and cried at the trials and tribulations that Maria went through as an extremely dedicated midwife, wife, friend, mother etc. A must read!!!!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By m on 2 April 2012
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Tales of a Midwife is a fantastic read. A laugh a minute on how a young geordie lass from Jarrow achieved her dream to be come a Midwife. An insight guide on the in's and out's of a NHS Nurse, on what she had to do and learn to pass her exams. Top notch book and well worth a read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dolly on 4 April 2012
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I read this via my kindle and what a read it was.
From start to finish it had my total interest. Although Maria wrote a little bit about her personal life, training and her family, it was so interesting.
Her stories of births were heartwarming, sometimes funny, some sad. The way she related her first visits to the maternity wards as a trainee had me laughing, oh dear I thought, how is she going to cope. She has proved herself though to be a first rate midwife with an excellent caring nature.
This was a good book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By velvet on 6 Jan. 2014
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This is also for those who don't want a baby, the atmosphere of being stuck in a conveyor belt of dysfunctional parents to be and aggressive visitors is horrible.

Very good anecdotes.

Was saddened by the stream of women prisoners who were shacked in the labour ward by some prison officer. Very degrading and not a good start for the kid, who would normally be removed.

Sad also that some parents were having babies despite being drugged, alcoholic and having a ridiculously poor diet. Perhaps some of these so called parents should be treated at the vets because they're not behaving like responsible humans.

The book is touchingly written and practical and I liked all her little stories.

I would have liked to have read about more about enormous babies, as apparently what was increasing.Marias was ten pounds but I have heard of others being up to 15 pounds.

There was nothing about overpopulation in this book despite the current climate and news. However, she reminded us that thousands of midwifes are losing their jobs despite a huge popuation and also some maternity wards are so full of babies, that they're full. I think more and more women will have their babies on the Motorway or supermarket car park at this rate.

I am so glad the book wasn't all gooey baby stuff but it was sweet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. MacColl on 18 April 2012
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This book totally captivated me!
I bought it for taking on holiday, I had a sneak peek at the first chapter and couldnt put it down.
Fantastic view at a wonderful lady who dedicated her life to midwifery :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Moon on 13 Aug. 2012
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This book is worth a read. I enjoyed Maria's very honest account of midwifery dating back to the 1980's. She seems to put an awful lot of herself into each delivery. It is extremely apparent she does care for the woman and babies she helps to look after and deliver into this world. This is a refreshing thought when nowadays it seems quite a few young up and coming health professionals do not seem to understand the concept of being a nurse/midwife means you do actually have to care for the patients you look after. (To be a good one anyway!)
I enjoyed the stories about the more disadvantaged members of our society and her duty of care towards them whilst being careful not to judge them, a very hard postion to be in I can only imagine.
I do agree with other reviews that the book was a little simplistic and did gloss over quite a few points but as a quick and gentle insight into the life of a midwife it did open my eyes and will make me review how I would behave if I ever have the chance to be in the labour ward with my daughter or sister. A good read.
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