Book Reviews of Midwives

Author: Chris Bohjalian
ISBN-13: 9780517703960
ISBN-10: 0517703963
Publication Date: 4/1/1997
Pages: 312
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Harmony
Book Type: Hardcover
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very interesting. hard to put down. i loved it.
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Well written story that left me feeling like I knew the family.
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This was a good book. My daughter had her baby at home and everything went well. I had to read this book for that reason. A good read!!
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This was my forst Chris Bohjalian book, and it left me wanting to read more of his books. Midwives is very well-written, and well-researched. It almost had a Jodi Picoult feel to it, with the twist at the end. I like how two points of view are used to tell the story - the 14 year old daughter of the midwife is the narrator, and the midwife's journal entries at the beginning of each chapter also provide bits and pieces, bringing the story together.

I think that Bohjalian does a great job of showing both sides of midwifery - the supporters and the non-supporters.

Overall, this is a great read and I look foraward to reading more of this author.
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This was just okay for me. I understood the life of midwifes more than I ever have, but personally I think I would rather have a baby in the hospital just to avoid the risks that have happened in this book.
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I am a Labor and Delivery nurse and also a nursing professor in that area of expertise. I always approach books on the subject with a little nervousness. Does the writer have a good grasp of the facts? Does the writer have an agenda? This book was a real page turner for me. I was really shocked by how accurate most of his medical descriptions were. I was also very pleased that the book remained a story about the people involved and didn't turn into an indictment of midwifery. I have since read more of his work and have noticed that his journalism roots seem to draw him to a theme that may be controversial or worthy of some in-depth reporting and then he instead does a book about real people dealing with that theme on a human level. I highly recommend the book and the author.
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i feel a little lukewarm on this one.
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I am still undecided about my feelings for this book. I read it quickly, but that was more from my desire to finish it and move on to something else rather than any compelling need to see what happened in the end.

For starters, I found the author's message confusing. Is he for home birth, or against it? Is he intentionally stereotyping the home birthing community, or trying to show solidarity with them? There was so much conflict in his approach and conclusion that I am still unsure what the true "take home message" was really supposed to be.

I was also not impressed with the characters or the character development. Bohjalian's main character is a 12-year-old girl, but the story is told as a flashback from that girl as an adult. Perhaps the author had to run the story through too many filters, but I never really felt like that the main character every really found her voice. Sadly, the majority of the remaining characters were very flat and forgettable as well.

One positive of this book is its ability to generate lively discussions regarding the opinions of home birth vs hospital birth. Outside of that, there is not much in this book that I found worth recommending.
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Correct ISBN# but this is a trade size soft cover, not a hardcover.
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This is a paperback.
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Whoever is looking at this book, mine is a paperback, not a hardcover as described.
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this is a bookcrossing book