COMING JULY 2018

An Armful of Babies and a Cup of Tea

Molly Corbally

Memoirs of a 1950s NHS Health Visitor

An Armful of Babies and a Cup of Tea

For all fans of Call the Midwife: a touching memoir of a young health visitor in postwar England.

After serving as a nurse in WW2, Molly Corbally joined the brand new NHS to become of the first official District Health Visitors, attending to mothers and babies from all walks of life in the picturesque village near Coventry she came to call home. Times were hard, and many families were battling with disease and poverty.

Armed with only her nursing training, her common sense and a desire to serve, Molly set out to win over a community and provide a new and valuable service in times of great change. As well as the challenges there was also joy and laughter, from the woman who finally had a baby after fifteen years of trying, to the woman who thought she should use marmalade as nappy cream, because the hospital had never taken the label off the jar they were using to store it.

Warm, witty and moving, An Armful of Babies is a vivid portrait of rural England in the post-war years, and a testament to an NHS in its own infancy and to what hasn’t changed: the bond between parents and their children, and the importance of protecting that.

MOLLY CORBALLY served as a nurse in World War II, and on returning to England became one of the first District Health Visitors in the newly-formed NHS. She worked in the rural Midlands between 1940s-70s. She died in 2012, but her self-published book was rediscovered and now published in this new edition.

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