【呼叫助產士】是一部關於生死與人生的動人戲劇，五零年代的背景也讓充滿懷舊心情。整部劇是改編自真人真事，1935年出生在英國的Jennifer Worth當過秘書，後來轉作護士及助產士，她退休後成為音樂家，並著手將自己的經驗寫成書，她的回憶錄成為暢銷書，她之後又另外再出版了兩本相關書籍， 本本暢銷，很可惜在【呼叫助產士】開拍前幾天，Jennifer Worth因病去世，無緣看到自己的故事登上螢光幕。 【呼叫助產士】在英國播出引起了收視熱潮，媒體誇獎本劇有笑有淚，俱備收視票房最佳要素。
Jennifer Worth RN RM (25 September 1935 – 31 May 2011) was a British nurse and musician. She wrote a best-selling trilogy of memoirs about her work as a midwife practising in the poverty-stricken East End of London in the 1950s: Call The Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse andFarewell to The East End.
Worth, born Jennifer Lee in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was raised in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. After leaving school at the age of 15 she learned shorthand and typing and became the secretary to the head of Dr Challoner's Grammar School. She then trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and moved to London to receive training to become a midwife.
Lee was hired as a staff nurse at the London Hospital in Whitechapel in the early 1950s. With the Sisters of St John the Divine, an Anglicancommunity of nuns, she worked to aid the poor. She was then a ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Bloomsbury, and later at the Marie Curie Hospital in Hampstead.
She married the artist Philip Worth in 1963, and they had two daughters. Worth retired from nursing in 1973 to pursue her musical interests. In 1974, she was appointed a licentiate of the London College of Music, where she taught piano and singing. She obtained a fellowship in 1984. She performed as a soloist and with choirs throughout Britain and Europe. She later began writing, and her first volume of memoirs, Call the Midwife, was published in 2002. The book became a bestseller when it was reissued in 2007. Shadows of the Workhouse (2005; reissued 2008) andFarewell to the East End (2009) also became bestsellers. The trilogy sold almost a million copies in the UK alone. In a fourth volume of memoirs In the Midst of Life, published in 2010, Worth reflects on her later experiences caring for the terminally ill.
Worth was highly critical of Mike Leigh's 2004 film Vera Drake, for depicting the consequences of illegal abortions unrealistically. She argued that the method shown in the movie, far from being fairly quick and painless, was in fact almost invariably fatal to the mother.
Worth died on 31 May 2011, having been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus earlier in the year. A television series, Call the Midwife, based on her books, began broadcasting on BBC One on 15 January 2012.
- Eczema and Food Allergy: The Hidden Cause? (1997)
- Call the Midwife (2002)
- Shadows of the Workhouse (2005)
- Farewell to the East End (2009)
- In the Midst of Life (2010)
Nurse and author of an acclaimed memoir of 1950s East End life