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Patricia Harman has spent over thirty years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife in teaching hospitals and in a community hospital birthing center.

She spent over a decade in the sixties and seventies in her wild youth living in rural communes in Washington (Tolstoy Farm), Connecticut (The Committee for Non-Violent Action) and Minnesota (Free Folk). During the Vietnam years, she and her husband, Tom Harman, traveled the country, often hitch-hiking, as they looked for a place to settle. In 1974 they purchased a farm with a group of like-minded friends on top of a ridge in Roane County, West Virginia. Here on the commune, they bui

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Patricia Harman If people like my books, I think they'd like the book I'm reading now and no one else that I know has ever heard of it. Trisha by Robert Specht is a t…moreIf people like my books, I think they'd like the book I'm reading now and no one else that I know has ever heard of it. Trisha by Robert Specht is a true story of a young teacher in the late 1920s who goes to Alaska by herself and is confronted by the cold, by the crudeness of everything, by racism against native Americans and by the threat of one particular man who falls for her. I've read this book over the last 10 years 3 times. So you know I like it! (less)
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Ok, best thing about being a writer? You can make stories in your head. I've always done it. When I was a little girl that's how I put myself to sleep, only the stories were all about me...a princess of course.

I have done lots of creative things, written songs, played the piano and the guitar, done photography and painted and drew, but writing is both elaborate and simple. The ideas pop into my head at the oddest times: like as I'm driving in the car or getting ready to go somewhere or reading a book. Of course , there's lots of research and then you must edit, edit, edit, but I even enjoy that. (less)
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On being relevant as an author.

I'm a retired midwife and author of 8 books and trying to finish one, but in times like these it doesn't feel relevant. Before I started writing, I did macrame, jewelry, photography, wrote songs, played guitar and piano, drew pictures on wood and painted...Did I worry that it was relevant? No, I did it for fun. If you are bored you can look up my books on my website or Amazon. They are mostly memo Read more of this blog post »
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"Have you ever met someone you idolized? (An artist or singer, maybe. Someone super talented or brilliant or famous.) But then when you met them in person you found out they were lame? What a rip-off!

That’s sort of how I feel about this book.

It's the " Read more of this review »
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" What did you think about the rape scene of the young slave girl in A Midwife's Song? The one witnessed by the young midwife, Gracie. Was it over the t ...more "
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I'm pretty sure this review won't stay up long, because I'm the author! And I don't think we are allowed to review our own books.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed writing this story about midwives and childbirth in the 1950s and the system of
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"I was asked to read and write a review of this book by the author before it reaches bookshelves.
I was very honored to be given this opportunity as Ms. Harman is one of my favorite authors.
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“Grief takes about a year,” Mrs. Kelly once told a young mother who had lost her son. “You have to get through each holiday, each new season. You will cry at Christmas and New Year’s and Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. You will suffer with the first daffodil, the first falling red leaves, the first snow . . . Each occasion, each new season will rip your heart out; then, when there’s nothing left, you’ll get better.” She was right, and she knew from experience.”
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“It’s funny how beauty rides the back of pain . ”
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“No matter who they are or what they’ve done, when you hear someone’s story you see him or her differently.”
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