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Strongest advocate, best friend, expert, cheerleader and chief photographer. Before, during and after labour the role of a midwife is second to none. 

The Secret Midwife reveals the highs and lows on the frontline of the maternity unit, from the mother that tries to give herself a DIY caesarean to the baby born into witness protection, and from surprise infants that arrive down toilets to ones that turn up in the lift.

But there is a problem; the system which is supposed to support the midwives and the women they care for is starting to crumble. Short-staffed, over worked and underappreciated - these crippling conditions are taking their toll on the dedicated staff doing their utmost to uphold our National Health Service, and the consequences are very serious indeed.

©2019 The Secret Midwife (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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  • 20-01-21

fantastic

As a fellow NHS Midwife I could relate to so much of this! Brilliant listen!

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Couldn't stop listening. Great book!

Absolutely loved this book. I'm looking at going into midwifery so this book has really helped put perspectives into it.

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loved it

I work in the midwifry sector and this is a huge imprint into the life of a NHS midwife. its truly moving I've now bought the paperback for my sister in law as I know she will love this as much as I do great read!

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wonderful

loved watching the character develop and the vulnerability at the end as she was signed off work. I would really love be in this line of work one day. it sounds like she is fantastic at her job. Thankyou to all the midwife's and the hard work they put into making each family's birth experience as good as it possibly can be

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Very eye opening and interesting

Answered so many questions regarding my own 2 horrendous births. I have always dreamt of becoming a midwife, and although still want to, makes me worry about the bigger picture. Beautifully narrated and so easy to listen to!

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amazing

im a student midwife an this book is truly amazing it has helped to prepare me for my future

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Insightful and a good read

This book brings to light the highs and lows of a midwife in reality any student midwives or anyone looking to become a midwife should read this book as it gives an accurate representation of today’s NHS.

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Insight into a different world

Loved this book. Taught me so much about something I know so little about

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simply amazing

loved the book it is very easy listening but scarily relatable as a NHS worker .

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  • Kirsten K.
  • 29-03-20

a must read

At a time when single payer health care is being so hotly debated this is a must read. you still may not get care, but that will be due to shortages. And for those working in the system management support or lack of itmay or may not change based on what you are accustomed to

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  • Shaun
  • 21-12-20

Great Narration!!!

I found this very interesting as someone who has always appreciated and been intrigued by the childbirth process. It was candid where it needed to be and censored where necessary. I think the way that it was performed enhanced it a great deal. You felt like you where in the room and listening in to a real situation more so than just a reading.

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  • Julie C
  • 01-07-20

Wonderful story

If you are in the OB world this book is for you!! Wonderfully written!! Very relatable! Enjoy!

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  • Jennifer Voris
  • 21-05-20

Heartwarming and Informative

If you enjoy a look behind the scenes of midwifery this is your book. The book was well written and kept my attention the whole way through. Although most of the book is vignettes of cases the author had while working at a hospital, one quarter of the book gives the reader an inside look into the National Health Care System in Britain and the struggles that the system is experiencing. I hope you enjoy it. I could not stop listening.