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Midwives

Fiction and non-fiction featuring baby catchers.

 

The Butterfly Garden

Amish woman Sara Lapp is shunned for studying to become a midwife. Her first call to tend a birth comes from Mad Adam Zuckerman. But Adam's wife has already died, and Sara learns that Adam called her only to take his children.

 

Midwife of the Blue Ridge

Maggie is gifted with quick wits and skilled in medicine, trained as a midwife. Venturing to the colonies as an indentured servant, she hopes to escape the superstitions of the old country.

 

Midwives: A Novel

A talented midwife is arrested for murder when she saves a baby by performing a Caesarean section once she believes the mother has died, only to have her assistant insist later that the woman was still very much alive.

 

The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir
RG950.H36 2008

Patricia Harman is a nurse-midwife who manages a women's health clinic with her husband, Tom, an OB/GYN, in West Virginia. It's a practice where patients open their hearts, and where they find care and sometimes refuge.

 

Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali
RG510.D45 H64 2007

Monique, barely educated, working without electricity, running water, ambulances or emergency rooms, is solely responsible for all births in her village, tending malnourished and overworked pregnant women in her makeshift birthing clinic.

 

The Midwife's Tale

For generations, the women in Elizabeth's family have brought life to Kettle Valley, West Virginia, heeding a destiny to tend its women with herbals, experience, and wisdom.

 

Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir
RG950.M84 2009

Certified nurse midwife Cara Muhlhahn has delivered hundreds of babies in her 30 years of practice, first as a lay midwife, later as an RN in hospitals, and now as a homebirth midwife.

 

Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives
RG950.T39 2002

Catherine Taylor, a doula (birth assistant) and mother, has written an evocative narrative in which she offers insightful observations of the working lives of midwives and the women who depend on their skills and strength to help bring their children into the world.

 

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
RG950.V563 2002

A beloved California midwife with more than three decades of experience recounts the remarkable career she's had as a "baby catcher."

 

The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
RG950.W675 2009

Worth gained her midwife training in the 1950s among an Anglican order of nuns dedicated to ensuring safer childbirth for the poor living amid the Docklands slums on the East End of London.