Twelve Babies on a Bike
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Twelve Babies on a Bike

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It's 1957, and in a shattered post-war world, life goes on. Dot, a pupil midwife, negotiates the streets on her trusty old bicycle—come rain or shine—to help women in need. Living and working under the supervision of the strict Mrs. O'Reilly, she must complete her training with12 deliveries: there's Mrs. Wardle who lives in a seedy slum; the eighth Clarke baby, born in an...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Orion Publishing (first published April 2nd 2009)
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Jul 12, 2011 Felicity rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Midwives! :)
Recommended to Felicity by: A midwife
Shelves: midwifery
Another delightful tale of midwifery in the good old days when newspaper was your best friend and your bike was your only means of getting to a labouring women living in a impoverished part of town. This was the time when midwifery student's were of the 'yes matron' type and apprenticeships took over your entire life. A fabulous, engrossing and often amusing read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Basically the diary of Dorothy Compton who was a pupil midwife and sent on district to live with a midwife and deliver and follow up her her deliveries as part of her finals.
She had 12 babies minimum to deliver and follow up their care .
It was 1956 so her mode of transport was a bicycle and phones were few and far between and most women still had their babies at home.

Not Call the Midwife standard but an interesting enough read .
I enjoyed this book. It's based on her diaries, so it does read a little dis-jointedly at first, but once you get used to the style it's OK.

You need to remember this is a true life story, not fiction. So not everything has a neat, happy ending, whether it's the stories of her paitents, or her own personal life. Some of her personal life is unhappy, and sometimes you wish certain people were nicer or more sympathetic, but this is a real life account, and its very realistic, it really does happen...more
Very enjoyable, very similar to Jennifer Worth's memoirs, but set in northern England. Definitely recommend.
Enjoyed this diary of a pupil midwife written with warmth and humour.
A good story but really disappointed by the ending! It didn't seem to go anywhere and I was left feeling like "is that it?". Still worth a read if you're into fiction of this time period.
Natalie Foubister
the chapter size chinks of stories are just the right size to stop this book from becoming another self indulgent 'look what i used to do' book. very pleasant read
Completely different from the types of books I usually like to read. It was really, really good, though. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Jenny Sarı
Borrowed from a friend who recommended it due to me being pregnant, found it very funny and well writen :-)
the trials of a student midwife, funny, scary and thankgod its not like that anymore!!!!
not my usual topic of choice but charming and easy to read.
Ruth Cuningham
very interesting, would like to read more similar.
Dec 08, 2013 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mine
loved this book, nearly as good as "call the midwife"
A delightful, undemanding read.
it was good but i got bit confused
3.5 Stars
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Dot May Dunn was born in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner. In 1951 she joined the newly established NHS as a pre-nursing student at Leicester Royal Infirmary, eventually becoming a Research Fellow at St Bartholomew's London and the London Hospital Medical College. She has four nursing qualifications and 50 years on the 'coal face' behind her. She divides her time between England and France.

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