“A rather graphic insight into the life of a midwife trainee in the UK in the 1950s. If sorta grotesque medical details bother you, this is not your book.
I don't like sorta grotesque medical details, but I put up with them to learn more about this nurse/midwife and her world. I felt it was worthwhile.
I liked this work because it had a ring of authenticity to it. I learned a good bit. I was shocked to see the UK of the 1950s described in such Dickensian terms. My guess was that Great Britain in the 1950s was modern and relatable. Great swaths of it were not, though. They pretty much make our present day ghettos look swank. Who knew?
In addition to getting a lot of insight into the midwife business, I enjoyed getting to know the group of nuns the midwives live with. This seems to be a group of Episcopalian nuns, a group I know little about, so that was appealing.
The author makes some political and religious statements that seemed incongruous to me.
Many memorable and somewhat heroic figures emerge from the extreme conditions she works in. Her story is a unique one and I am glad that several of these characters have been remembered.