Bundles of Joy: Two Thousand Miracles. One Unstoppable Manchester Midwife

Author: Linda Fairley
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007457154
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 8345
The second book from Sunday Times bestselling author Linda Fairley. ‘No matter how many babies I deliver, each and every one is a miracle, connecting me to the world like nothing else, reminding me that we are all equal in the beginning, and in the end. It’s a great leveller, childbirth.’

Bundles of Joy

Two Thousand Miracles - One Unstoppable Manchester Midwife
Author: Linda Fairley
Publisher: HarperElement
ISBN: 9780007457144
Category: Childbirth
Page: 320
View: 9885
It's January 1972, and in the brand new Ashton maternity unit, times have changed since Linda first started serving as a midwife five years ago. Gone are the starched skirts and swaddling clothes: these are the exhilarating days of disposable needles, razors, sheets and even nurses' caps. The midwives' spirits are high, and in spite of the dark cloud of laundry strikes on the horizon, there's the scent of a new era on the cold winter wind.The patients are changing with the times too: women are starting to refuse enemas and routine shaving, contraception becomes free and more and more fathers are daring to brave the delivery room.But one thing has stayed the same - giving birth. Year after year, Linda faithfully helps the women of Manchester through their most vulnerable hours, whether it is by giving desperate instructions over the phone, squeezing a young mother's hand in a car park, or by dashing headlong to the rescue of a snowed-in mum-to-be.As 25-year-old Linda becomes a mother herself, she realises the full weight of what it means to bring children into the world, and she holds each new baby just that little bit tighter. As the midwives of Ashton grow up, so too do the women of Manchester, and Linda soon finds herself delivering the babies of mothers she helped to bring into the world decades earlier.Through the highs and lows, through the modernisations that transform the hospital and the world outside, Linda's passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever. With 42 years of experience Linda is now one of Britain's longest-serving midwives, but although she has seen generations of women give birth and delivered over 2,000 babies she treats every new arrival like a new miracle.

Yes Sister, No Sister

My Life as a Trainee Nurse in 1950s Yorkshire
Author: Jennifer Craig
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409005674
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
View: 2869
'What is your name?' she asks, staring at me. 'Jennifer Ross.' 'Jennifer Ross, Sister. Well, Nurse Ross, you are dressed in the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds General Infirmary. Such a uniform is not worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once.' 'Yes Sister.' I can feel my face turn red. A trainee nurse in the 1950s had a lot to bear. In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naïve young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors. The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny. As she commits to her vocation and knuckles down to her exams, she is determined that when she reaches the heights of Ward Sister herself she will not become the frightening matron that struck fear into her student heart ... Rich in period detail, and told with a good dose of Yorkshire humour, Yes Sister, No Sister is a life-affirming true story of a life long past.

The Midwife’s Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain’s Longest Serving Midwives

Author: Linda Fairley
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007446314
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 6987
The Sunday Times bestseller ‘Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever. Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there’s honestly nothing like it... I’ve since brought more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.’

A Midwife's Story

Author: Penny Armstrong,Sheryl Feldman
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Publishers
ISBN: 1905177046
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 194
View: 6409
When hospital-trained midwife Penny Armstrong takes on a job delivering the babies of the Amish, she discovers an approach to giving birth which would change her life forever. A Midwife's Story is a life-affirming book that never fails to enlighten, inform and surprise. Honest and ultimately very moving, it is inspirational reading for all student midwives and expectant parents.

Quick Boil Some Water

The Story of Childbirth in our Grandmother's Day
Author: Yvonne Barlow
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1682994465
Category: Medical
Page: 160
View: 6368
Childbirth during the war and after years - homes had no phones, few cars and little heating. Many women begin their story with, "I've never told anyone this."

It Shouldn't Happen to a Midwife!

Author: Jane Yeadon
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
ISBN: 1845024230
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
View: 9662
As the Swinging Sixties continue, Jane Yeadon is ready to start her training as a midwife. With general nursing already under her belt, it's time for a whole new adventure - and another very steep learning curve.When she arrives at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast, Jane soon meets a host of new and intriguing characters. As well as the usual glacial matron who can turn tears to ice, Jane makes friends with fellow nurses Timid Marie, English Cynthia and Strong-minded Margaret, and together they tackle the challenges ahead and discover that there are very few straightforward births in the maternity business and an awful lot to learn. But it's not all work and no play for the nurses as they spread their wings and find out that their new home has plenty of fun and games on offer too.It Shouldn't Happen to a Midwife! is a warm-hearted and uplifting account of the trials and tribulations of a trainee midwife in the 1960s. And as Jane Yeadon finds out, some things just shouldn't happen to a midwife - but they usually do!

Catching Babies

A Midwife's Tale
Author: Sheena Byrom
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 075536273X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 340
View: 4032
The inspirational story of life as a midwife. From her very first day as a nervous student nurse in Blackburn to the dedicated completion of her nursing qualifications and her training as a midwife in Burnley, Sheena Byrom has never once looked back, enjoying a thirty-five-year career with the NHS. Catching Babies is a moving account of an extraordinary career. It reveals the unique experiences that filled Sheena's days as she looked after overwhelmed mums and dads and helped to bring their precious babies into the world. At the forefront of evolving medical practices, she was the first midwife to oversee a home water birth in her area, but also found herself at the centre of a traumatic delivery that resulted in a nine-year litigation case and tested her to her limits. Yet, whatever has come Sheena's way, ultimately, there are the strong mothers who taught her so much and the little miracles who have made every single moment as a midwife truly magical.

Call Me Sister

District Nursing Tales from the Swinging Sixties
Author: Jane Yeadon
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
ISBN: 1845027345
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
View: 4136
Who'd have thought a missing bacon rasher and a teaspoon would play a part in advancing someone's career? It's the late '60s and Jane Yeadon has always wanted to be a district nurse. Staff nursing in a ward where she's challenged by an inventorydriven ward sister, she reckons it's time to swap such trivialities for life as a district nurse. Independent thinking is one thing, but Jane's about to find that the drama on district can demand instant reaction; and without hospital back up, she's usually the one having to provide it. She meets a rich cast of patients all determined to follow their own individual star, and goes to Edinburgh where Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute's nurse training is considered the crème de la crème of the district nursing world. Call Me Sister recalls Jane's challenging and often hilarious route to realising her own particular dream.

The Search for a Nonviolent Future

A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World
Author: Michael N. Nagler
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781577318033
Category: Political Science
Page: 360
View: 4372
Beginning with the achievements of Mahatma Gandhi, and following the legacy of nonviolence through the struggles against Nazism in Europe, racism in America, oppression in China and Latin America, and ethnic conflicts in Africa and Bosnia, Michael Nagler unveils a hidden history. Nonviolence, he proposes, has proven its power against arms and social injustice wherever it has been correctly understood and applied. Nagler's approach is not only historical but also spiritual, drawing on the experience of Gandhi and other activists and teachers. Individual chapters include A Way Out of Hell, The Sweet Sound of Order, and A Clear Picture of Peace. The last chapter includes a five-point blueprint for change and "study circle" guide. The foreword by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is new to this edition.

The Impressionist

Author: Hari Kunzru
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101656131
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
View: 7696
Pran Nath Razdan, the boy who will become the Impressionist, was passed off by his Indian mother as the child of her husband, a wealthy man of a high caste. Pran lived a life of luxury just downriver from the Taj Mahal, but at fifteen, the news of Pran’s true parentage is revealed to his father and he is tossed out into the street—a pariah and an outcast. Thus begins an extraordinary, near mythical journey of a young man who must reinvent himself to survive—not once, but many times. From Victorian India to Edwardian London, from an expatriate community of black Americans in Paris to a hopeless expedition to study a lost tribe of Africa, Hari Kunzru’s unforgettable debut novel dazzles with its artistry and wit while it challenges with its insights into what it means to be Indian or English, black or white, and every degree that lies between.

Sexual Personae

Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Author: Camille Paglia
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679735798
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 718
View: 1566
Offers a unified theory of Western culture, identifying major patterns that have endured over the centuries

Book of a Thousand Days

Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408812991
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 320
View: 446
When a beautiful princess refuses to marry the prince her father has chosen, her father is furious and locks her in a tower. She has seven long years of solitude to think about her insolence. But the princess is not entirely alone - she has her maid, Dashti. Petulant and spoilt, the princess eats the food in their meagre store as if she were still at court, and Dashti soon realises they must either escape or slowly starve. But during their captivity, resourceful Dashti discovers that there is something far more sinister behind her princess's fears of marrying the prince, and when they do break free from the tower, they find a land laid to waste and the kingdom destroyed. They were safe in the tower, now they are at the mercy of the evil prince with a terrible secret. Thrilling, captivating, and a masterful example of storytelling at its best. The princess's maid is a feisty and thoroughly modern heroine, in this wonderfully timeless story.

Tales of a Midwife

Author: Maria Anderson
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 0755362756
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 218
View: 5681
Maria Anderson trained as an NHS nurse and went on to become a midwife, a job she has adored for over twenty years. After fainting whilst attending her first three births, Maria went from nervous trainee to assured midwife and in her brilliant memoir she recounts the highs and lows of life inside the maternity unit. From frantic fathers and breaking her hand during a traumatic home birth, to witnessing the delivery of quads and the ultimate devastation of assisting the delivery of a stillborn baby, Maria has had an extraordinary career. Tales of a Midwife is a funny, poignant and heart-warming account of a devoted midwife.

Fifteen Minutes

A Novel
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 145168746X
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 8423
Zack Dylan will do whatever it takes to achieve a successful singing career, but as his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise his beliefs, and just as he's on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

Learning Futures

Education, Technology and Social Change
Author: Keri Facer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113672821X
Category: Education
Page: 192
View: 8824
In the twenty-first century, educators around the world are being told that they need to transform education systems to adapt young people for the challenges of a global digital knowledge economy. Too rarely, however, do we ask whether this future vision is robust, achievable or even desirable, whether alternative futures might be in development, and what other possible futures might demand of education. Drawing on ten years of research into educational innovation and socio-technical change, working with educators, researchers, digital industries, students and policy-makers, this book questions taken-for-granted assumptions about the future of education. Arguing that we have been working with too narrow a vision of the future, Keri Facer makes a case for recognizing the challenges that the next two decades may bring, including: the emergence of new relationships between humans and technology the opportunities and challenges of aging populations the development of new forms of knowledge and democracy the challenges of climate warming and environmental disruption the potential for radical economic and social inequalities. This book describes the potential for these developments to impact critical aspects of education – including adult-child relationships, social justice, curriculum design, community relationships and learning ecologies. Packed with examples from around the world and utilising vital research undertaken by the author while Research Director at the UK’s Futurelab, the book helps to bring into focus the risks and opportunities for schools, students and societies over the coming two decades. It makes a powerful case for rethinking the relationship between education and social and technological change, and presents a set of key strategies for creating schools better able to meet the emerging needs of their students and communities. An important contribution to the debates surrounding educational futures, this book is compelling reading for all of those, including educators, researchers, policy-makers and students, who are asking the question 'how can education help us to build desirable futures for everyone in the context of social and technological change?'


Author: Tim Green
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062089587
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 368
View: 5994
Inspired by interviews with real-life cancer survivors and insider sports experience, this unforgettable New York Times bestseller shows a brave boy who learns what it truly means to be unstoppable. As National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emeritus Jon Scieszka said, Unstoppable is "absolutely heroic, and something every guy should read." If anyone understands the phrase "tough luck," it's Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing in the NFL is a longshot. Then Harrison is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents—his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison's big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. On the field, he's practically unstoppable. But Harrison's good luck can't last forever. When a routine sports injury leads to a devastating diagnosis, it will take every ounce of Harrison's determination not to give up for good.

Born for Life

A Midwife's Story
Author: Julie Watson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780473299637
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 283
View: 598
Julie overcame many life challenges to become the midwife she was born to be. An inspirational story of courage, faith and love. 2016 New Apple Award winner for Excellence in Writing. 2017 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award winner for Non-Fiction-Women's.


Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab ™
ISBN: 1606843222
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 400
View: 8787
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That's why they make the perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated. Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed her and have sent Nix to remove her. Yet the moment Nix lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit. It's as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they arebecause no one else can really see them.


A Cultural History
Author: Javier Moscoso
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1403991189
Category: History
Page: 269
View: 8731
A fascinating and highly-illustrated history of one of the most universal cultural phenomena. Javier Moscoso provides a unique and accessible examination of the formation and transformation of pain, as both a scientific and as a cultural object in modern and contemporary Western societies.