Midwifery books

Top 10 Midwifery books : The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, Midwives, Spiritual Midwifery, The Midwife's Apprentice, The Midwife of Hope River, Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy & Birth, Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta, Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart- A Midwife's Saga

The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
AuthorJennifer Worth
Having given birth with the support of a midwife three times, when I heard about this one, I knew I had to make time to read it. The Midwife is the memoir of Jennifer Worth (“Jenny”) and her experiences in the East End Slums of post-war London. I think three things come together to make this a very interesting...
AuthorPeggy Vincent
An inspiring collection of birth stories by a charming midwife.

Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby—nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career—California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way...
AuthorChris Bohjalian
The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency...
AuthorIna May Gaskin
Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Back again are even more amazing birthing tales, including those from women who were babies in earlier editions and stories about Old Order Amish women attended...
The Midwife's Apprentice
AuthorKaren Cushman
From the author of Catherine, Called Birdy comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat--who renames...
The Midwife of Hope River
AuthorPatricia Harman
A remarkable new voice in American fiction, creates an uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life.

A William Morrow Paperback Original
A debut novel featuring Patience Murphy, an Appalachian midwife in the 1930s struggling against disease, poverty, and prejudices-and her...
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
AuthorKris Holloway
Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of a rare friendship between a young Peace Corps volunteer and a midwife who became a legend. Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. This book tells of her unquenchable passion to better...
AuthorElizabeth Davis
The terrible labor and delivery of my first child was dismal, due to the barbaric idiocy of the obstetric teaching and methods in this country. Take a woman who's in labor, lay her on her back, occluding the femoral artery and cutting off blood flow. Stop labor by using gravity against her body. Inject...
AuthorIna May Gaskin
Renowned for her practice's exemplary results and low intervention rates, Ina May Gaskin has gained international notoriety for promoting natural birth. She is a much-beloved leader of a movement that seeks to stop the hyper-medicalization of birth—which has lead to nearly a third of hospital...
AuthorCarol Leonard


Crystal's story brings up the issue of abortion, which most midwives try to avoid like the plague. No professional midwifery organization to date (copyright 2008) has adopted an official position on the abortion debate, preferring to ignore it in the hope that it will go away....
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
AuthorLaurel Thatcher Ulrich
I read this book 15 years ago shortly after it won the Pulitzer, and it was amazing then, and I was equally impressed this time. In fact I was surprised as I read how much of it I could remember reading even that many years ago, so it must have made a deep impression.

I'm just in awe if LTU, the depth and...
Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers
AuthorBarbara Ehrenreich
   Women have always been healers, and medicine has always been an arena of struggle between female practitioners and male professionals. This pamphlet explores two important phases in the male takeover of health care: the suppression of witches in medieval Europe and the rise of the male medical...
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
AuthorTina Cassidy
From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents a lively, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we are born the way we are.

Women have been giving birth for millennia, so why is it that every culture—and every generation—seems to have...
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
AuthorPam England
Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy....
AuthorOnnie Lee Logan
I purchased this book because it was required for a doula training that I completed. At first I was skeptical that a memoir/oral history would be helpful, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think I gained more from this book than I did from any of the (excellent) "how-to" type books about labor and...
The Hypnobirthing Book
AuthorKatharine Graves
The Hypnobirthing Book is a complete antenatal preparation which guides you to achieve the birth you want.

Childbirth can be an empowering and positive experience that you treasure for the rest of your life. Hypnobirthing teaches simple and gentle techniques that have a profound effect.

AuthorMeredith Small
New parents are faced with innumerable decisions to make regarding the best way to care for their baby, and, naturally, they often turn for guidance to friends and family members who have already raised children. But as scientists are discovering, much of the trusted advice that has been passed down...
Call the Midwife Boxed Set: Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse, Farewell to the East End
AuthorJennifer Worth
Here are the real-life stories that inspired the BBC TV series Call The Midwife – now in a gorgeous box set.

London's East End in the 1950s was characterised by tight-knit family communities, larger-than-life characters, and a lively social scene. It was into this world that Jennifer Worth...
A Midwife's Story
AuthorSheryl Feldman
A gripping first-hand account of midwife Penny Armstrong’s journey from student midwife in Glasgow to running her own practice among the Amish in rural Pennsylvania, A Midwife’s Story never fails to enlighten, inform and surprise.

Going far beyond mere biography, Armstrong’s journey...
AuthorDeepak Chopra
A much-needed antidote to our modern, assembly-line approach to childbirth, this new book is designed as a guide for all who wish to participate in the wondrous process of bringing new life into the world. Its ideas derive from two sources: the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, with its emphasis on body, mind,...
AuthorCara Muhlhahn
Single mom, jazz singer, salsa dancer, traveler, and midwife to more than 700 babies, Cara Muhlhahn holds nothing back--in her life or in this memoir. As a teenager, Cara's family home burnt to the ground. That tragedy led her on a journey that would span a variety of countries and cultures. While she...
Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing
AuthorJuliana van Olphen-Fehr
Despite our country's affluence and high-tech advances in neonatal intensive care, in 1994 the U.S. ranked twenty-first in infant mortality rates among developed countries with populations over 2.5 million. Women with low-risk pregnancies are frequently failed by the traditional obstetrical...
AuthorMargaret Charles Smith
Margaret Charles Smith, a ninety-one-year-old Alabama midwife, has thousands of birthing stories to tell. Sifting through nearly five decades of providing care for women in rural Greene County, she relates the tales that capture the life-and-death struggle of the birthing experience and the traditions,...
The Midwife's Secret
AuthorKate Bridges

No one would readily accept a divorced, barren midwife. Not even, she feared, Tom Murdock. For though he'd roused her slumbering womanhood, she could never be the wife he deserved! ...

Just when...
Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife
AuthorKaren Cecil Smith
The Life of a Mountain Midwife is an interesting, but sometimes meandering, biography about a midwife named Orlean Puckett who lived and worked in rural Appalachia.

This reminded me of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books in that Karen Cecil Smith takes great care to detail...
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