The Midwife's Tale (Paperback)
An oral history from handywoman to professional midwife
What was it like to be a midwife before the foundation of the NHS? What stories do women tell about their births before hospital births became routine?
The Midwife's Tale is a fascinating oral history of the lives of mothers and midwives in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on interviews conducted by Billie Hunter and Nicky Leap, this book tells the stories of these women, in their own words.
Widely acclaimed on its first publication in 1993, this new twentieth anniversary edition opens up these intriguing, poignant and sometimes humorous accounts for a new readership.
As seen in Discover Your History magazine.
This important piece of cultural history has been reissued on the 20th anniversary of its first publication. The interviews Hunter and Leap conducted with women born between 1894 and 1923 who experienced pregnancy, birth and motherhood in the pre NHS early 20th century, means a vital piece of woman's history has been preserved. A fascinating collection.Times Higher Education
This new edition will prove a godsend, especially for those who leant their first edition and, as with many outstanding books, did not get it back.The Practising Midwife