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Midwife on Call by [Light, Agnes]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Book Description

A heart-warming memoir of a midwife who trained in the 1960s

About the Author

Agnes Light has been a midwife for over 30 years. She lives in London and this is her first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ES0URQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Congratulations to Agnes for writing a real book about real lives, so much more rewarding than a ghost-written memoir of a 'famous' star. I just loved it. The writing draws you in, so the reader doesn't realise until the end that the book is an excellent piece of social history, a marker of time in the changing world of medical practice and the NHS. All you politicians, consultants and NHS managers need to read this and see the world from the bottom up, rather than the top down. And thank you too, to Hodder Paperbacks; it is refreshing to see a publisher still backing such writing in tough publishing times.
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Format: Paperback
This book is sensitively written and is touching and also funny.
It tells it how it is in relation to the changes over the past 30 years in mudwifery from the perspective of midwives and also mothers. It is a very enjoyable read. I think David Cameron should read it. He could learn a thing or two about what pregnant women really want.
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Format: Kindle Edition
As somone who knew the author from the start of her career I was fascinated by the book. It is always a joy to read the experiences of people who love and are dedicated to the work that they do - and Agnes is no exception. There were times when only bloody-minded determination and her ridiculous sense of humour got her through. Every woman remembers her midwife and Agnes has many many frends - as well as a few enemies amongst the bureaucrats. And that is how it should be. A book to read - and re-read.
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Format: Paperback
What a wonderful story of a devoted and passionate midwife, Agnes Light has shared her memories from her student nurse training through to teaching other new midwives. She paints vivid pictures of new bringing new lives into the world with some hilarious stories and sometimes sad and poignant ones too, she exudes the warmth and empathy in her writing that she obviously gave to the new parents and their babies. She wasn't afraid to challenge the authority of the old school policies, rules and regulations which got her into trouble sometimes but she persevered in what she knew was right and made changes happen to improve the way women are cared for in childbirth, this is a great piece of social history for midwifery. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to my friends.
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Format: Paperback
My wife bought this book on a whim. Whilst she was away I borrowed it and I'm so glad I did. A truly enjoyable read from start to finish. Its a book about a normal person doing the extraordinary job of helping new life into the world. It is well written and draws you into Agnes life so well. A true page turner!
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Having just finished reading 'Call the Midwife' by Jennifer Worth, I was a little disappointed with this book. While it is inevitable that stories from the east end of London in the 1950's will trump those of a less outrageous time, I found that this book simply glossed over the stories like a distant memory rather than telling the story with depth and feeling.
I also found the self righteous attitude slightly irritating at times. I have no doubt of the skill and good nature of the author, however I got fed up of her repetative 'the system is wrong and I was the only one who spoke up' attitude. Even when she was in the wrong there were still excuses and made a martyr of herself almost.
All in all, it was an easy going book, I enjoyed it but would have preferred abit more storytelling.
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I was in the middle of similarly entitled book when someone recommended this author to me. Midwife on Call is a real page turner and easy to read. The personal touch is engaging and you can't help but immediately fall into Agnes' world from the start of her career as a young single nurse in the sixties, to her retirement. Succinctly written with some sad, sometimes shocking, recollections about child birth that leave you feeling choked but Agnes skilfully weaves in some fantastic humour to lift you and in my case, laugh out loud. The book is a great insight into how nursing / midwifery practices have progressed over time and the challenges that were faced by confident midwives like Agnes calling for change. I was left wishing Agnes had been my midwife. A refreshing, revealing and fun must read.

Harjit Sarang
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Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading 'Midwife on Call' and would thoroughly recommend this book. It is a personal account of midwifery training from the 1960's through the eyes of a hard working young midwife and looks at the changes to midwifery throughout her career. I enjoyed reading about Agnes' life and the many fascinating episodes that she recounts. It was refreshingly written and I found it both funny and touching. Highly recommended.
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