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Maria Anderson
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1 Mar 2012

Maria Anderson trained as an NHS nurse and went on to become a midwife, a job she has adored for over twenty years.

After fainting whilst attending her first three births, Maria went from nervous trainee to assured midwife and in her brilliant memoir she recounts the highs and lows of life inside the maternity unit. From frantic fathers and breaking her hand during a traumatic home birth, to witnessing the delivery of quads and the ultimate devastation of assisting the delivery of a stillborn baby, Maria has had an extraordinary career.

Tales of a Midwife is a funny, poignant and heart-warming account of a devoted midwife.



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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0755362748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755362745
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The true story of life on the maternity ward

About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Of The North 6 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "Loved it,a must read !!!!" 3 Mar 2012
By Sarah
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of a Midwife by Maria Anderson 2 April 2012
By m
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this! 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 April 2012
By Jet
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Very good book. Had great difficulty putting it down until I had finished the book. Just wish that Maria had been around when I had my children in Raigmore Hospital.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of a Midwife 4 April 2012
By Dolly
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of a Midwife is Brilliant!! 31 Mar 2012
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I actually came across this book when I was googling homebirths for my a facebook page, an article in the news about the book came up in the search, I shared it, then a couple days later I decided I was going to give it a go despite never before deviating from fantasy novels, I'm really glad I did! I loved every bit of the book though I was in tears at bits, I really admire the work Maria has done! And all midwifes! I love Maria's fight for natural birth & breastfeeding its great that there are midwifes like her pushing for that, birth has definately become unnessacarily medicalized! feel sorry that she never got the births she wanted but I'm guessing she wouldn't change it for the world :)
I honestly couldn't put this book down, which surprised me as I've never ventured outside the fantasy realm LOL
I would recommend this to every one, it doesn't matter if your not interested in midwifery as a career, if you love babies and love watching birth programs then you'll absolutely love this book, you will cry with Maria and Laugh with her all the way through the book!
Thankyou for sharing your story with us x
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read.
I loved this. Great for prospective midwifery students and I read it quickly. If you are a prospective midwife then I especially recommend this to you.
Published 1 day ago by Leanne Kitson
1.0 out of 5 stars Innacurate
At one point she claims something along the lines that 2 parents with brown eyes can't have a baby with blue eyes - implying that the father wasn't the husband, but thats totally... Read more
Published 28 days ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Loved this book. Very easy to read and interesting story line. Great inside to a midwives story. Definitely recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by A. E. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read
This is the best book that I've ever read. Once I finished I wanted to ready it all over again. It's such a great book! I wish one day I can have a life like Maria!!
Published 1 month ago by Jonsi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed this book. It gives you an incite to what it's like to be a midwife and what they have to deal with. Would recommend to people.
Published 1 month ago by hollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insight into the world of midwifery.
I loved the anecdotes, the honestly and the human approach that shines through the book. A brilliant insight into the world of midwifery.
Published 2 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by velvet
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved it, an inspiring tale and just amazing it was really good to see how they worked and what it was like for her
Published 3 months ago by not as good as I hoped
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!!!
I purchased this book in a hospital shop Near Newcastle when taking my Daughter to a hospital appointment. Took it home and literally could not put it down!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sian Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Very good insight to the life of a midwife in England. Gives you a good idea of what it will be like if midwifery is something you wish to pursue!
Published 3 months ago by Amy Moynihan
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