What with Call the Midwife starring Miranda Hart on Sunday evenings and my favourite One Born Every Minute on a Wednesday I seem to be constantly grunting and pushing in front of the telly instead of the usual couch-potatoing!
And not content with watching women give birth I seem to have a whole load of books around the subject too. A while back I read and loved The Midwife’s Confession (a must-read for any Jodi Picoult fans) and have just finished Midwife On Call by Agnes Light. And once I’ve read all my Christmas books, the next on my list is The Midwife of Venice.
Midwife on Call charts Agnes’ 30 year career as a midwife and shows how the actual experience of Childbirth has changed through the years. I thought the book gave a genuinely interesting insight into a midwife’s job from the ’60s onwards.
It was refreshing to read that Agnes is a mother herself so knows what giving birth is really all about. How annoying is it when, say, ‘childcare gurus’, and the like, mouth off about ‘sleep-training’ when they are childless themselves and have no real conception of having their own baby up all night screaming the place down! (I think we all know who I’m talking about there!)
The author is clearly a caring, warm individual who loved her job. Midwife on Call isn’t a great literary work by any means but if you like books about women having babies (I do!), like ‘medical dramas’ (I do!), like autobiographical books (I do!) and you like books showing how things that affect you have changed through the ages then you’ll enjoy Midwife On Call.
Read what Agnes Light wrote on Helena’s Blog.
Kathryn Crawford (Editor)