Monday, February 18, 2008

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Book Review

Technically, it's not a review since I'm still reading the book but I still thought I'd comment on how much I love reading this book!
Baby Catcher:Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent

"In a joyous, often hilarious ode to the Birkenstock-scuffling, tackle box-toting mobile midwives who flourished in the 1980s, Peggy Vincent chronicles her abundant life as a professional Baby Catcher. The wild ride begins during her nurse training years in the 1960s, when laboring women were expected to lie down, shut up, and submit to whatever drugs and procedures the doctor ordered. A rebellious patient who chants and dances through her contractions--and the hell that ensues when seasoned hospital staffers intrude--lights a permanent fire under Vincent. Her resolve to serve each laboring woman with compassion and respect carries her from obstetrics nurse to head of an alternative birth center within Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California, and eventually into her own private practice as a licensed midwife. Like the most courageous home births, this collection of delivery experiences refuses anesthesia: plenty of bellowing, sweating, bleeding, and pushing accompany nearly all of the more than 40 tales. Tough confrontations with stubborn physicians, panicky labor partners, and one particularly nasty calico cat are dabbed with as many keen insights as Vincent's quieter, more heart-rending newborn encounters. Baby Catcher is an inspirational literary gift suitable for expectant mothers, fellow baby catchers, and anyone who loves reading about nature's greatest magical feat." --Liane Thomas



gunter fam said...

i loved reading this book! it is so inspiring for me both as a homebirthin mama and a person who supports women in labor and birth. i am so glad that you are reading it!

rachael said...

i have been looking for just a book, as i have recently become fascinated with midwifery and home birth plans!

nowhere close to knocked up.
so proud of you!

rachael (&chris kincaid!)

Leah said...

Are you thinking about having baby Lieb at home?

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