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The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives [Kindle Edition]

Linda Fairley
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The Sunday Times bestseller

‘Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever. Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there’s honestly nothing like it… I’ve since brought more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.’

It’s the summer of 1968 and St Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Manchester is a place from a bygone age. It is filled with starched white hats and full skirts, steaming laundries and milk kitchens, strict curfews and bellowed commands. It is a time of homebirths, swaddling and dangerous anaesthetics. It was this world that Linda Fairley entered as a trainee midwife aged just 19 years old.

From the moment Linda delivered her first baby – racing across rain-splattered Manchester street on her trusty moped in the dead of night – Linda knew she’d found her vocation. ‘The midwife’s here!’ they always exclaimed, joined in their joyful chorus by relieved husbands, mothers, grandmothers and whoever else had found themselves in close proximity to a woman about to give birth.

Under the strict supervision of community midwife Mrs Tattershall, Linda’s gruellingly long days were spent on overcrowded wards pinning Terry nappies, making up bottles and sterilizing bedpans – and above all helping women in need. Her life was a succession of emergencies, successes and tragedies: a never-ending chain of actions which made all the difference between life and death.

There was Mrs Petty who gave birth in heartbreaking poverty; Mrs Drew who confided to Linda that the triplets she was carrying were not in fact her husband’s; and Muriel Turner, whose dangerously premature baby boy survived – against all the odds. Forty years later Linda’s passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever as she is now celebrated as one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives, still holding the lives of mothers and children in her own two hands.

Rich in period detail and told with a good dose of Manchester humour, The Midwife’s Here! is the extraordinary, heartwarming tale of a truly inspiring woman.

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About the Author

Linda Fairley enrolled as a trainee nurse with Manchester Royal Infirmary at the age of 18. She went on to train as a midwife at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, and later Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester. She remained there for the next 40 years.

Linda lives in Greater Manchester and has two children, Jonathan and Fiona. She still works two days a week as a community midwife, continuing to serve the women of Tameside.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2468 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007446306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007446308
  • ASIN: B006I1J54W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely read. 6 July 2012
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This is a super book, its makes you really laugh and at times cry, the story of this lovely lady's career from start to not quite finish is heart warming. We read of the fun the young trainee nurses have off duty, the strict training given in the 50's 60's and 70's,Matrons rounds when every thing had to be just so..or else (sadly no more), wards were to be impeccably clean as were the nurses, and the patents were nursed with love and care. Deciding at the end of her training to go to the grand new hospital that had just opened and train as a midwife, also for more training, going on the outside for home delivery's with a wonderful midwife, she gets to know just how people live some in abject poverty, and so her story goes on. I bought this book for my Kindle and was one of the first I read, it will stay in there, so that I can read it again and again it's that good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply delightful........................... 31 Aug. 2012
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'The Midwife's Here' by Linda Fairley is a warm, entertaining, simply delightful true story which I could not put down. It is Linda's own story, dating back to the 60's when she first became a student nurse, and takes us through her training, up to her subsequent decision to become a midwife. There are laughs, tears, struggles, and friendships in abundance in this book. Linda tells her story in a very friendly manner, and is the kind of nurse/midwife I would like to have looking after me if I needed her. This is a lady who was born to care for others!! I empathised with her as she worked on the burns unit, and as she had to learn to deal with life AND death, taking care of the living and the dying. I loved her descriptions of the births that she witnessed and assisted in - the miracle of life that she participated in. This is a highly enjoyable, behind the scenes look at one of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives, and is a book that I highly recommend.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, loved it, loved it! 22 Sept. 2012
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As a midwife of of over 30 years myself, this book has been on my wish list for sometime, but it was only when I read the synopsis of Linda's forthcoming novel, "Bundles of Joy" that I realise I had followed Linda down the same path some 9 years afterwards.
I was a student nurse at MRI and moved to Ashton u Lyne to train as a midwife working there for a full five years until 1984 when I moved to the south of England.
The detail and descriptions were spot on, I could visualise the wards at MRi, I remembered Miss Bell and the joy of receiving my MRI "penny".
I was born and brought up in Stalybridge and Linda talked of people and places I remember so well, Grey st where I was born at home and lived until I was 5, Lawtons bakery and their wonderful Parkin, Queenies in Ashton Market where I had a Saturday job until I left to become a nurse and many more wonderful places of my youth.
I too was interviewed by Miss Sefton and Kate Ingham who was by that time a midwifery tutor at Ashton .........what an inspiring lady she was, and who can forget Sister Kelly the description was spot on!

It is difficult for me to critique this book as it was so personal to my own experience but it is historically and factually accurate and for any woman in their 50's and 60's, nurse, midwife or mother it will surely evoke some memories. The fashions of the day, mini skirts, maxi skirts, kinky boots!
Park Drive, Capstan and Number 6 cigarettes, Rediffusion Television, Kodak instamatic cameras and of course the music! Georgey Girl, Jumpin Jack Flash, the Hollies and The Beatles.
Thank you Linda Fairley for sharing your memoirs, I read this book in 24 hours and it is the book I wished I had written myself.
I can't wait to read "Bundles of Joy" and already have it per- ordered for download to my Kindle as soon as it is released.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 25 Aug. 2012
By M. Mohamed VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed this book and was sorry to finish it. The author mentions she is writing another book to continue telling tales about her midwifery career so I would definitely read that one too when it comes out.
The first half of this book is more about the nursing career than midwifery, as it explains how she ended up changing from nursing to midwifery but the whole thing is really interesting, especially to see how things have changed in the nhs over the years (the book tells of her early career during the 60s and 70s) I found it really fascinating. The stories of the various births told in the second half of the book vary from the really heartwarming and uplifting to the really heartbreaking. At some points it made me cry. this book really makes you feel the highs and lows of a midwife's role. I found this midwife quite inspirational and she has an amazing story to tell!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and realistic. 5 July 2012
By Pete Johnson VINE VOICE
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This was an easy to read book, obviously written by someone who did the things in it, yet remained a caring and sympathetic person. If you have seen the recent TV series about midwives, or ever watched 'One born every minute', you will have an idea where she is coming from. With all the usual ups and downs of life on a maternity ward, stories both tragic and uplifting, this is a slice of real life for the delectation of those who may not have experienced it, or a trip down memory lane for those that have. As someone who worked in the NHS from 1980-2001, I can recall nurses in starchy aprons, everyone smoking, and the necessary humour that relieves the tensions associated with difficult tasks. This would make a great Mothers' Day gift for any Mum. You could let her know that you appreciate what she went through!
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Published 22 days ago by Jayne Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight to midwifery!
I have been thinking about becoming a midwife for a while now so I thought I would read a few books and do my research, this book has clarified for me that this is definitely the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Toni-Marie Peach
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Enjoyable read.
Published 28 days ago by M.K.ROBINSON
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What a good story teller Linda Fairley is
Published 1 month ago by Sylvia Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars Maternal stuff!
+Wifes favourite
Published 1 month ago by tenpin
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A very nice read I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Bernadine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is by no means "call the midwife" which I am pleased about as wanted to read something that was a bit different. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Saville
1.0 out of 5 stars twee
As a nurse i found this book twee and rose tinted. If you are thinking of nursing as a career dont take this into account.its outdated and unrealistic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H A Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
Loved this book. From when Linda started her training to when she became a fully fledged mid-wife, I was enthralled. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. L. Y. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Midwife's Here
A heartfelt account of just one Midwife and her work amusing and tragic at times but well worth a read I enjoyed the book and look forward to the second one promised.
Published 2 months ago by polly liz
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