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It Shouldn't Happen to a Midwife – More Nursing Tales from the Swinging Sixties
Author: Jane Yeadon
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
I reviewed Jane Yeadon’s previous book, It Won’t Hurt a Bit – Nursing Tales from the Swinging Sixties, for Nursing Standard some time ago.
The review ended as follows: ‘Belfast and midwifery training beckon. Perhaps there will soon be a sequel about her time in Northern Ireland.’ Well, here it is.
Ms Yeadon was born in 1944 into a Scottish farming family, and decided at school that she wanted to be a nurse.
The change from general training at the Royal London to Belfast’s Royal Maternity Hospital was an abrupt one, especially during The Troubles. The pupil midwife starts by taking the oath of allegiance in a world of ‘no surrender’. J
ane and her fellow pupil midwives are professional and hard-working, but there are times for adventures and friendships. There is even a description of pig farrowing and how sows giving birth compares with human childbirth.
There are many books by and about nurses. This is an excellent one about midwifery for midwives, nurses, students and the general public.
Reviewer: Laurence Dopson
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