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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Unabridged edition (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140912472X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409124726
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,133,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Exciting, frightening, funny and moving ... captures what is virtually another world." 30 July 2010 (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

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A young midwife's account of her training in the Midlands in the 1950s. A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller. Abridged edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Biddulph on 3 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, it's like putting on your dressing gown and having a cup of Horlicks - a very easy, comfortable and warming read. It's never going to win awards or change the world, but it does what it says on the tin. It gives you a glimpse of life as a trainee midwife, its chaos, triumphs and very anti-social hours. It also contains a great variety of characters, vivid descriptions of where and how babies are born and the joy and discipline involved. I read it because I loved Jennifer Worth's Midwife Triology. This is not as good, not as well written and not as engaging, but it is a charming read and I was sad when it finished.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pollyanna on 10 Mar. 2012
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I was a midwife myself, in the East End in the 1960s and I find this book completely unbelievable in many places.
For example, this girl delivered several complicated births - brow presentation, breech, undiagnosed twins - all alone except for the father in some cases (a strict -no-no then) and there was no mention of a doctor being called , let alone her midwife supervisor, who should have been with her in many instances. I cannot believe none of these difficult cases didn't need to be stitched up afterwards! And phone calls then were not a shilling - just a couple of pennies!

There was no mention of shaving, enemas, inducing labour with castor oil and a hot bath -all practised at that time (though now thankfully extinct). I was also horrified that any midwife could come in after a delivery, chuck her bag into the treatment room uncleaned while she had a bath. A dismissable offence back then, no matter how tired the nurse felt.

Finally, I wish I'd kept count of the number of time she said she mumbled!! I wonder anyone understood a thing she said by her own account.
This was not a relaxing read for me, though those who have no experience of the time and work involved might enjoy it. I won't be looking for any more books by this author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Cory on 3 Jan. 2011
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I met Dot whilst waiting to disembark our ferry and she told me about her book - glad I bothered to get a copy - good nostalgic read, reminds me of the tough yet simple times we used to live in back then.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Walsh on 17 Feb. 2011
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Bought this for my mum who was a midwife in the 1940's and 50's - she thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgic trip back into her days of nursing. I decided to read it and really enjoyed picturing her at that time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bindi B on 7 Jun. 2010
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I have not yet finished reading 'Twelve Babies on a Bike', but I can honestly say that I am finding it a most enjoyable and fascinating read. I was born at home, during the terrible winter of 1963, so I can relate to a lot of what Dot May Dunn writes - through the stories I've heard from my parents. Her writing style is very easy-going and enjoyable to read, and her feelings for her patients and the newborn babies she delivered shines through. Her life during this period of her training was far from easy, but she did a marvellous job against all the odds and in conditions that now seem almost prehistoric and unbelievable to today's mothers-to-be (and fathers-to-be too, of course!). I am really enjoying this lovely book and cannot recommend it highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By too young for a book club? on 22 Mar. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, we've made so many medical advances with caring for newborns, but poor Dot, just her her bag and her bike....little bit repetitive but interesting,bought another copy for my mum for mother's day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 16 July 2010
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I ordered this book last week and I have finished it already. It was a great read and i couldn't put it down. The book is written in the style a diary dated back to the 1950's. I am very interested in the subject of midwifery and found the book very interesting.
I already have a list of friends wanting to lend it. Well worth the money and it arrived the next day after ordering, P&P was also free double bonus.
Happy reading everyone.
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I enjoyed this book. It's based on her diaries, so it does read a little dis-jointedly at first, but once you get used to the style it's OK.

You need to remember this is a true life story, not fiction. So not everything has a neat, happy ending, whether it's the stories of her paitents, or her own personal life. Some of her personal life is unhappy, and sometimes you wish certain people were nicer or more sympathetic, but this is a real life account, and its very realistic, it really does happen that way.

The tales of her paitents are quite fast-paced, due to the diary style, and most are far from straight-forward! Dorothy needs 12 cases to pass her midwife exams, but babies do not arrive to any timetable but their own - so will she get 12 in time, and will they be straight-forward cases??!

From visiting slum houses, to brothels, from over anxious fathers filling the room with steam, in order to make sure enough hot water is available, and the midwife falling under the bed while trying to make a delivery - nothing goes to plan as Dorothy tries to take care of her paitents! But she delivers unexpected twins to a delighted, vouluble Italian family, and saves the life of more than one paitent by spotting trouble in time, so despite her mistakes she makes good progress. A fascinating, true-life read.
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