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The Midwife by Gay Courter
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Apr 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction

This is the best book I have read about midwifery in the early part of the twentieth century.
Hannah is trained in Moscow but the Russian pogroms force her family to set sail for America.
There she finds a license to practice midwifery. Later she has legal problems about her ability to
practice. In the first years in America her husband earns very little and although Hannah often gets disgusted with him, they are always reconciled. The book ends somewhat up in the air. There is a sequel, The Midwife's Advice which I recommend.
When I was delivered of my children in a hospital they were still strapping women down. I remember getting in a fight with a nurse who wouldn't let me walk around. I was supposed to stay flat on my back and it took four nurses to make me get back in bed and stay there which is probably why my eldest is so strong willed!
In 2003, I witnessed the birth of my grandchild. Indeed we have come a LONG way!!!!
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