Midwifery
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Call the Midwife
A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Paperback      ISBN: 0143123254
The highest-rated drama in BBC history, Call the Midwife will delight fans of Downton Abbey

Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women--from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.

An unfortgettable story of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the strength of remarkable and inspiring women, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series, which will soon return for its sixth season.
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
A Midwife's Tale
The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
Paperback      ISBN: 0679733760

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Drawing on the diaries of one woman in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.

Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in 27 years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society. At once lively and impeccably scholarly, A Midwife's Tale is a triumph of history on a human scale.
African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory
African American Midwifery in the South
Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory
Hardcover      ISBN: 0674008529

Starting at the turn of the century, most African American midwives in the South were gradually excluded from reproductive health care. Gertrude Fraser shows how physicians, public health personnel, and state legislators mounted a campaign ostensibly to improve maternal and infant health, especially in rural areas. They brought traditional midwives under the control of a supervisory body, and eventually eliminated them. In the writings and programs produced by these physicians and public health officials, Fraser finds a universe of ideas about race, gender, the relationship of medicine to society, and the status of the South in the national political and social economies.

Fraser also studies this experience through dialogues of memory. She interviews members of a rural Virginia African American community that included not just retired midwives and their descendants, but anyone who lived through this transformation in medical care--especially the women who gave birth at home attended by a midwife. She compares these narrations to those in contemporary medical journals and public health materials, discovering contradictions and ambivalence: was the midwife a figure of shame or pride? How did one distance oneself from what was now considered "superstitious" or "backward" and at the same time acknowledge and show pride in the former unquestioned authority of these beliefs and practices?

In an important contribution to African American studies and anthropology, African American Midwifery in the South brings new voices to the discourse on the hidden world of midwives and birthing.
At Work in the Field of Birth: Midwifery Narratives of Nature, Tradition, and Home
At Work in the Field of Birth
Midwifery Narratives of Nature, Tradition, and Home
Paperback      ISBN: 0826515770

At Work in the Field of Birth is an ethnographic study of midwifery in Canada in the wake of its historic transition from the margins as a grassroots social movement devoted to low-tech, woman-centered care to a regulated profession within the public health care system. In January 1994, after decades of lobbying by midwives and their supporters, the province of Ontario recognized midwifery as a profession for the first time in more than a century.

Through stories about becoming and being a midwife and stories about receiving midwifery care, this book describes how fundamental tenets of midwifery philosophy and practice--the meaning of tradition, natural birth, and home birth, and the place of medical technology in midwifery--are being reworked by the practical and ideological challenges of midwifery's new place within the formal health care system. MacDonald presents contemporary midwifery as a complex cultural system in which nature and tradition emerge as dynamic rather than esssentialized social categories of meaning and experience.

At Work in the Field of Birth: Midwifery Narratives of Nature, Tradition, and Home
At Work in the Field of Birth
Midwifery Narratives of Nature, Tradition, and Home
Hardcover      ISBN: 0826515762

At Work in the Field of Birth is an ethnographic study of midwifery in Canada in the wake of its historic transition from the margins as a grassroots social movement devoted to low-tech, woman-centered care to a regulated profession within the public health care system. In January 1994, after decades of lobbying by midwives and their supporters, the province of Ontario recognized midwifery as a profession for the first time in more than a century.

Through stories about becoming and being a midwife and stories about receiving midwifery care, this book describes how fundamental tenets of midwifery philosophy and practice--the meaning of tradition, natural birth, and home birth, and the place of medical technology in midwifery--are being reworked by the practical and ideological challenges of midwifery's new place within the formal health care system. MacDonald presents contemporary midwifery as a complex cultural system in which nature and tradition emerge as dynamic rather than esssentialized social categories of meaning and experience.

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
Baby Catcher
Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
Paperback      ISBN: 0743219341

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 for one more. With every birth, she encounters another woman-turned-goddess: Catherine rides out her labor in a car careening down a mountain road. Sofia spends hers trying to keep her hyper doctor-father from burning down the house. Susannah gives birth so quietly that neither husband nor midwife notice until there's a baby in the room.

More than a collection of birth stories, however, Baby Catcher is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance, and love, this is an impassioned call to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in the timeless drama of birth.
Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine
Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine
Paperback      ISBN: 1578061725

A fascinating study of how birthing methods have evolved and how key practices have returned.

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Call the Midwife
A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1611749247

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London--from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side--illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South
Delivered by Midwives
African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South
Paperback      ISBN: 1496821130

Winner of the 2019 American Association for the History of Nursing Lavinia L. Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing in a Book

"Catchin' babies" was merely one aspect of the broad role of African American midwives in the twentieth-century South. Yet, little has been written about the type of care they provided or how midwifery and maternity care evolved under the increasing presence of local and federal health care structures.

Using evidence from nursing, medical, and public health journals of the era; primary sources from state and county departments of health; and personal accounts from varied practitioners, Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South provides a new perspective on the childbirth experience of African American women and their maternity care providers. Author Jenny M. Luke moves beyond the usual racial dichotomies to expose a more complex shift in childbirth culture, revealing the changing expectations and agency of African American women in their rejection of a two-tier maternity care system and their demands to be part of an inclusive, desegregated society.

Moreover, Luke illuminates valuable aspects of a maternity care model previously discarded in the name of progress. High maternal and infant mortality rates led to the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Protection Act in 1921. This marked the first attempt by the federal government to improve the welfare of mothers and babies. Almost a century later, concern about maternal mortality and persistent racial disparities have forced a reassessment. Elements of the long-abandoned care model are being reincorporated into modern practice, answering current health care dilemmas by heeding lessons from the past.
Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Heart & Hands
A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Paperback      ISBN: 1607742438
A fully revised and updated 2019 edition of the classic guide to birth assisting for midwives and parents-to-be, from an internationally renowned expert and certified midwife

"The wisdom of this work is as old as time."--Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

For more than three decades, Heart & Hands has been a trustworthy and beloved resource for parents and professionals alike, delivering invaluable knowledge on what to expect during each stage of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery. This completely revised edition includes the latest research on the microbiome, updated lab tests, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and help for trauma survivors.

Aspiring and veteran midwives alike will appreciate Davis's emphasis on non-intervention and the woman-centered birth experience, and expectant parents will find comprehensive answers to their questions about natural approaches to pregnancy, birth, and working with a midwife. Parents will also learn about the home birth process, which allows them to plan their own unique birth experience in a more personalized and intimate birthing environment. Combining time-honored teachings with the most current obstetric techniques, this essential reference empowers birthing helpers and parents to embrace the full childbearing experience.