September 8, 2014
Book Review: Call the Midwife - the 3-book series
Book 1 - Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times (On Amazon)
Book 2 - Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse (On Amazon)
Book 3 - Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End (On Amazon)
Author: Jennifer Worth
Apparently, Call the Midwife is a show on PBS inspired by these 3 books written by Jennifer Worth.
I didn't know about that, since PBS is the one channel I don't get in Cabo.
But, any broadcasting company that can bring you Sesame Street and Downton Abbey has my vote of confidence.
That said, I loved this trilogy of memoirs. Midwifery fascinates me. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time with my first child who turned five in June. I was telling my cousin how nervous I was to "give birth in Mexico." The pragmatist that she is, she immediately said, "They've been having babies there for centuries. I think you'll be fine."
And there you have it. She was right.
Women have been having babies since, well, the beginning of time. In their homes. With the help of skilled midwives and loads of female friends and family members.
These memoirs give us a little glimpse into what it must have been like to have a baby in an era when pitocen and c-sections weren't so common.
The first book, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times, detailed what it was like to be pregnant and give birth in the poorer sections of post-war London. It was eye-opening to say the least. But the second and third book evolved from being "yet another story about a birth" (which I don't think I would have minded...) and instead focussed on telling the life story of some important characters.
These books were the perfect read for me this past summer: Why? They were interesting, relevant for me (as a Mom). I love historical fiction, I love social history and I'm nosy -- I love to know how other people lived.
The author, Jenny, was strong and cool and awesome. The nuns she lived with (yes, the nuns) were full of strength and quirks. It was a well-oiled machine; a service to the people.