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Midwife author Jennifer Worth dies

Posted 7 June 2011, by Gareth Price

Bestselling author of the Call the midwife trilogy Jennifer Worth has died at the age of 75, her publisher has announced.

Jennifer spent a 20-year career in healthcare, including spells as a nurse and ward sister, but it was her time as a midwife which inspired her best known work.

Her trilogy – Call the midwife, Shadow of the workhouse and Farewell to the East End – was based on her experiences as a midwife in London in the 1950s. She sold almost a million copies in the UK and her stories are currently being made into a television series for the BBC.

Jennifer's other passions saw her become a fellow of the London College of Music and patron of patient support charity Action Against Allergy.

But in an interview with Midwives in 2008, Jennifer paid tribute to her midwifery peers: 'What a wonderful job being a midwife is and even though circumstances have changed dramatically, I’m quite sure it is still wonderful job. Keep your heart up, it is a privilege beyond any other privilege to be a midwife.'

Jennifer died after a short illness, cared for at home by her family after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus earlier this year. She is survived by her husband of 48 years Philip Worth, their two daughters and three grandchildren.