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With the popularity of the PBS series, Call the Midwife based on Call the Midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times by Jennifer Worth, as you wait for the series to continue, it’s time to offer up some other titles about the amazing work of midwives throughout the centuries and throughout the world.

Call the Midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times / Jennifer Worth

Reflects on the experiences of Jennifer Worth as a midwife in London’s postwar East End, including the nuns from whom she learned her craft and the interesting and challenging births she aided during her career.

Delivering the Truth: a Quaker midwife mystery / Edith Maxwell

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps con­fi­dences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed car­riage indus­try is threat­ened by the work of an arson­ist, and a car­riage fac­tory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose’s own knitting needle, she is drawn into solv­ing the mys­tery.

The Star Side of Bird Hill / Naomi Jackson

Suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them, sisters Phaedra and Dionne spend the summer of 1989 living with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.

The Reluctant Midwife : a Hope River novel / Patricia Harman

The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily, Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy.

The Secrets of Midwives / Sally Hepworth

Determined to hide the identity of her baby’s father from others, a third-generation midwife is separated from and bound to her mother and grandmother by a similar secret from the past.

The Midwife’s Tale / Sam Thomas

It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the king and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebel’s hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion.

My Notorious Life : a novel / Kate Manning

An evocative tale based on the life of a controversial Victorian New York City midwife features plucky orphan Axie Muldoon, who recounts her apprenticeship and establishment of a thriving practice that is threatened by a censorious zealot.

My Name is Mary Sutter / Robin Oliveira

Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother’s pleas for her to return home.

The Virgin Blue / Tracy Chevalier

As she investigates her ancestors, the Tournier family, Ella Turner is drawn back 500 years to the sixteenth century world of Isabelle du Moulin. She is haunted by Isabelle, a woman who was brutally persecuted under suspicion of practicing witchcraft. Ella’s search uncovers a long-hidden tragedy and reveals the shocking fate of her ancestor.

The River Midnight / Lilian Nattel

The author turns her own family history into the story of five women, Polish Jews living in a ghetto outside Warsaw before the cataclysm of World War II.

Midwives: a novel / by Chris Bohjalian

A seasoned midwife in rural Vermont faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience.

The Last Midwife / Sandra Dallas

It is 1880 and Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town where she has delivered hundreds of babies in her lifetime. She is a gifted and important resource for the women of her hardscrabble community, a position earned through wisdom and trust. But everything changes when a baby is found dead…and the evidence points to Gracy as the killer. Gracy knows she didn’t commit the crime. But her innocence isn’t quite that simple, either.

The Midwife of Hope River / Patricia Harman

In the 1930s, Appalachian midwife Patience Murphy, who while dealing with her own secrets, faces seemingly insurmountable conditions–disease, poverty and prejudice–as she strives to bring new life into a cruel world.

The Orphan Mother / a novel by Robert Hicks

Following the Civil War, former slave Mariah Reddick has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee, but when her ambitious, politically-minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah finds her world once more breaking apart.

The Birth House / a novel by Ami Mckay

Practicing midwife Dora Rare works in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia during the early part of the twentieth century, but the midwifery tradition is threatened when medical doctor Gilbert Thomas arrives with promises of fast, painless childbirth.

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