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

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.

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: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 320 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 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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5 of 5 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, loved it, loved it! 22 Sep 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 31 Jan 2013
By jac
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I got this book because I did my general and midwifery training (In Australia, before coming back to the UK) a couple of years before the author, and thought it would be interesting to read of her experiences of training in the UK. If I'd not stopped working as a midwife after 5 years, I would have beaten her record of service (though not in one place)!

I enjoyed the stories of her training days and felt she was lucky to have such understanding superiors who let her transfer to obstetrics and then gave her 'easy' wards after her term there. I do understand that a childrens' burns ward can be harrowing -I'm not trying to lessen her training experiences- but it was obvious her matrons saw she was happier working with children etc than with the harrowing nursing in some adult wards.

I found her constant references to weeping on her fiancé's shoulder a bit much, though I do know trainees who were like that, so it is quite believable! I felt rather sorry for him. The author was honest about her shortcomings and I suspect she would not have lasted if she'd had to continue in general nursing.

The stories of her time as a midwife are very interesting and pretty accurate (I think some instruments may have been misremembered) and I enjoyed her writing style. I thought her lack of ambition rather sad, not in refusing to 'climb the ladder' (I did the same in order to continue working with patients) but in staying in the same hospital all those years and not using her experience elsewhere, or broadening it by nursing in different conditions either overseas or in other parts of the UK.

I hope the author can find outside interests that allow her to retire soon - I also felt sorry for her not being able to retire and coming back to work after 3 weeks.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, even though I picked at it myself, a non-nurse/midwife who enjoys 'medical' books would certainly enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Really interesting,her story keeps you captivated,going to download her next book right now. Made me want a career change from retail manager to midwife
Published 1 day ago by kirsty shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such caring prople.
Published 8 days ago by Carol Boyd
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Published 12 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 26 days ago by s j kilsby
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable!
anyone thinking of entering into the world of midwifery should definitely read this. Will make you both laugh and cry.
Published 1 month ago by L. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Insight into hospital life in the 70s
This book was interesting...especially as I considered going into nursing in the 80s so the things Linda experienced would have been similar...things have changed a lot now!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melanie Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars the midwifes here
Enjoyed this as I enjoy reading life stories especially anything to do with children
Very well written and easy to read
Published 1 month ago by Helen Louise Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Light easy read funny in parts eye watering in others.
Published 1 month ago by abc13
5.0 out of 5 stars The industry's here
THANK YOU for this wonderful book. So very moving and so very well written it brought tears to my eyes. I live around the corner from where you went to school. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Doodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed it
Great insight into midwifery. A well written book about Linda's career right from the beginning. Worth reading if you like these types of memoirs.
Published 2 months ago by Amethystlady64
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