Call the midwife

So I have just finished Call the midwife (The book). I am such a fan of the show so I decided to read the book. The first series of the TV programme is primary based on the book, so I found it easy to relate to the episodes and the characters.

What I found with the book is that it goes deeper into the characters. For example the character of Sister Monica Jones. Who I have to admit I have grown to admire. With the thought that she did what she wanted to do, and believed in her calling to go for it, even though her family disapproved of it.

The book also explained many of the medical terminology in relation to pregnancy and neonatal care. This I found really interesting.

Some of the people’s stories mentioned within this book, both saddened me, for example Mary the irish girl whose baby was taken off her because they thought she couldn’t take care of her. The heart ache of her life also saddened me and the circumstances which she was in. Some of the people stories however made me rejoice for example Mrs Warren and her premature baby and the love she gave to it, which in turn saved it.

Medicine and the health care has also come a long way, however as argued in some cases in this book not always in a beneficial way. For example the over use of antibiotics. A miracle cure in the era this book was written.

Reading this book has also made me realise how majority of us live in a life of luxury and comfort, compared with the East end slums of the 1950’s. We don’t have to share a toilet with the other people in our streets. We don’t have the dangers of the bomb site to deal with. This has therefore made me appreciate what I have.

I therefore would urge anyone to read this. It doesn’t matter if you a fan of the show or if you haven’t seen it before. If you want to read an honest, interesting book.




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