- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Orion; First Thus edition (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409120104
- ISBN-13: 978-1409120100
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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there are times for laughter and tears with Dunn's storytelling reminiscent of the anecdotal writings of James Herriot and Richard Gordon. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)
A young midwife's account of her training in the Midlands in the 1950s. A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.See all Product description
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Nothing is ever straight forward, babies appear when they want to and not before.
I really loved this real life account - did she make the 12...? I can't tell you that, you must read the book
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Twelve babies on a bike was an interesting read, I am reviewing the audio version on CD,
Although the style of the book is very much like the call the midwife book and TV... Read more
A very good book especially if one was a midwife a few years agoPublished 16 months ago by Roma Stevens
read all the call the midwife books, so picked this one and was not disappointed!Published 16 months ago by Anne bonny book reviews
As a Midwifery Sister of 30 years, it was nostalgic to read.