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Subject: Midwife Memiors
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:18 PM ET
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I posted this in Biographies & Memiors and nobody even looked at it, let alone respond.  So I thought I try here.

I really enjoy memiors about midwives.  Do you have any to recommend?  The ones I've read are:

Baby Catcher - Peggy Vincent
Midwife's Story - Penny Armstrong
Motherwit - Onnie Logan

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 3:59 PM ET
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A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.  It was interesting and very well researched. The author ties together Martha's diary entries with other written documents from the same time period. Ulrich’s analysis of the social and medical history of this time period was excellent. The book occasionally bogs down in the minutae of every day life but overall I liked it.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:40 PM ET
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Thank you, Sheila.  I've read that one also.  It's considered fiction. I'm looking for a memior.  I like the day to day actual life experiences.  My favorite was Baby Catcher.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 5:31 PM ET
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What about The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir by Patricia Harman?

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:53 AM ET
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A Midwife's Tale by Laural Thatcher Ulrich is historical nonfiction. http://www.midwiferytoday.com/reviews/marthaballard.asp

Perhaps you are referring to The Midwife's Tale by Gretchen Moran Laskas or Midwives by Chris Bohjalian - they are both fiction.

 

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 1:08 PM ET
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Sheila, you're right I was referring to The Midwife's Tale by Gretchen Moran Laskas.  I will check into the one by  Laural Thatcher Ulrich.  Thank you.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:46 PM ET
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I have this on my WL:  Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife, 1844-1939 :: Karen Cecil Smith

and I read a fiction book which I really wouldn't recommend (it was nothing like I thought it would be):  The Birth House :: Ami McKay

I had much higher hopes for The Birth House.