She works by the light of kerosene lamps, without fetal monitoring systems, X rays, surgeons, or anesthesiologists. The nearest phone is several fields away.
From the moment her own phone rings until she delivers the newborn into its mother's arms, each birth is different, and each is thrilling. To share the excitement of birth among the gentle, Old-Order Amish of Lancaster Count, Pennsylvania, is to experience a special thrill, a timeless grace. It is also to gain a new awareness of the quality of the birth experience, the difference between natural births at home and impersonal hospital deliveries.
Funny and wise, with intervals of nerve-wracking tension, A Midwife's Story is unique, a revelation of a very special place and an extraordinary life.
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"Penny Armstrong is a flesh and blood heroine too remarkable for a novelist to have invented.... A book that is hard to put down."
Gay Courter, Author of Midwife
"A charming, gracefully written book... a must for mothers-to-be and a delight for all"
The Kirkus ReviewsAbout the Author:
Penny Armstrong (Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, Maine) has delivered over 1,000 babies and enjoyed a 25-year career in nurse-midwifery including teaching and practice in home, hospital and birth centers.
Sheryl Feldman (Seattle, WA) is a writer, teacher, and not–for-profit communications manager. She also co-founded Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers and is the initiator of its community residency project Women Writers of the Arab World.
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Book Description Ivy Books, 1988. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0804101787