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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; 1st edition (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781593744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781593745
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This important piece of cultural history has been reissued on the 20th anniversary of its first publication. The interviews Hunter and Leap conducted with women born between 1894 and 1923 who experienced pregnancy, birth and motherhood in the pre NHS early 20th century, means a vital piece of woman's history has been preserved. A fascinating collection." Times Higher Education

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "madwife66" on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I couldnt put this put book down, it was so well written and informative. The stories told relive the attitude and experiences of midwives and women and their families alike, in a harsher and sometimes simpler way of life that everybody can learn from. As the review title says you certainly don't have to be interested in midwifery to have full enjoyment of this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By madwife66 on 9 Aug. 2009
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Whether you are a midwife and have an interest in midwifery, or not, this book is a really lively and interesting read. It gives a fantastic insight into how it was for women giving birth, and their birth attendents, whether professional midwives, or the local handy-woman; and how those handy-women were gradually phased out due to their lack of oportunity to have an education, which would have enabled them to continue and enhance the job they'd been doing for many years. I found it really interesting how women's attitude to pregnancy and childbirth have changed through the years, and the extensive knowledge the care givers had of the birth process, and how they were very much in tune with the natural process of birth itself, which I feel in many ways that intuition has been lost. Great read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2000
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I'd recommend this book to almost anyone... The way it is structured and written ensures it's interesting for anyone interested in social history, women's issues, healthcare, midwifery. It includes lots of direct quotes from midwives who are sharing their experiences. A lot of information, well presented.
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This book takes a fairly academic, though very readable, look at maternity care in the 20th Century. Particularly interesting to me were the first person accounts of issues such as courting, birth control and working lives. No one can doubt that women today have an easier time than our grandmothers.
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