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Summary

Amity Reed became a midwife to serve women, but the reality of working in overstretched and underfunded NHS maternity services soon shattered her illusions. She’s not alone - for every 30 midwives that train, 29 will leave the profession.

Overdue is both the devastating personal story behind the statistics, and a call for change in the NHS. Real-life stories capture the moments at the heart of midwifery: life, death, birth, tragedy, and joy and are embedded in a clear-sighted examination of what is working - and what isn’t - in maternity services.

The result is a book that asks - and tries to answer - questions that are at the heart of many people’s working lives: how can we follow our calling, provide for our families, and keep ourselves healthy, if the workplace and its systems are working against us?

©2020 Pinter & Martin (P)2020 Pinter & Martin

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Reflective of life working in the NHS

This book highlights the current failings within not only maternity care but the NHS as a whole (this is acknowledged in the book). As a specialist nurse I can unfortunately relate to many of the concerns depicted. Beautifully written, the authors passion despite the difficulties she has faced shone through strongly. Some realistic strategies for improvement and advice for staff currently struggling provided.

My only criticism is that the role of the health visitor in supporting families was not acknowledged along with those identified as playing a key role.

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Unbelievably relatable

As a previous midwife, this is so relatable and such a validating and comforting process to hear. The feelings I share are articulated so precisely.

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A fierce and beautiful story of bravery

This book is everything that needs to be said about the state of maternity services in the NHS.
Amity writes with raw and honest artistry, as we travel through the story of her awakening, her calling and the realisation of everything she is up against. A perfect balance of deeply personal insight and inspirational ideas, this is a must read.