Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. She then moved to London to train as a midwife. She later became a staff nurse at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, and then ward sister and sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Euston. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 Jennifer left nursing in order to study music intensively, gaining the Licentiate of the London College of Music in 1974 and a Fellowship ten years later. Jennifer married Philip Worth in 1963 and they lived together in Hertfordshire. She died in May 2011, leaving her husband, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her memoirs are the basis for the popular TV series Call the Midwife.
This memoir, the inspiration for BBC's popular series of the same name, chronicles Worth's experiences as a midwife in London during the 1950s. The story, enhanced by amazingly vivid imagery, brings to life the horror of the living conditions in the slums of the London's Docklands, the sadness of mothers who have lost their babies, and the joy of first- or 24th-time mothers as they meet their children. Narrator Nicola Barber, winner of two Earphone Awards, does an excellent job of portraying both seasoned and inexperienced midwives as well as the wide variety of British accents. -VERDICT Fans of the BBC series will enjoy this audio-book, as will anyone interested in the history of midwifery. [The Penguin hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Jessi Brown, Huntington City-Twp. P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Jennifer Worth's memories of her years as a midwife were at once hilarious and tremendously moving. -Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Worth is indeed a natural storyteller. . . . Her detailed account of being a midwife in London's East End is gripping, moving, and convincing from beginning to end. -Literary Review I loved the people, the nuns, the tough dockers, the prostitutes and pimps, seen with the fresh eyes of youth. -The Guardian Readers will fall in love with Call the Midwife . . . an affirmation of life during the best and worst of times. -Elizabeth Brundage, author of The Doctor's Wife