Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 M04 16 - 336 páginas
An inspiring collection of birth stories by a charming midwife.

Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby—nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career—California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way for one more. With every birth, she encounters another woman-turned-goddess: Catherine rides out her labor in a car careening down a mountain road. Sofia spends hers trying to keep her hyper doctor-father from burning down the house. Susannah gives birth so quietly that neither husband nor midwife notice until there's a baby in the room.

More than a collection of birth stories, however, Baby Catcher is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance, and love, this is an impassioned call to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in the timeless drama of birth.
 

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I don't remember where I heard about this book, but I put it on my paperbackswap wishlist and finally scored a copy. It spent a few weeks perched on the corner of our kitchen table, but once I finally ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

The story of one woman's time spent as a nurse and as a midwife. Vincent has an engaging, friendly voice; I felt like we were friends within a chapter. The ways of thinking about and serving pregnant ... Leer comentario completo

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As it Was in the Beginning
15
The Meditation of My Heart
47
The Wine of Astonishment
81
Not Only With Our Lips But in Our Lives
123
Who Walketh Upon The Wings of The Wind
159
Devices And Desires
231
The Measure of My Days
261
Epilogue
323
Pearls of Wisdom
327
Home Birth Supplies
328
Studies on Midwifery Safety
330
Statistics on the Economics of Midwifery
332
Resources
333
Sandis Famous Caramels
335
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Peggy Vincent became a licensed midwife specializing in home births in 1980, after fifteen years as a delivery room nurse, ten years as a natural childbirth teacher, and three years as the director of the first alternative birth center in the East Bay. Five years later, she became the first completely independent nurse midwife to be granted hospital privileges in the Berkeley area. Vincent lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and teenage son. Visit her online at BabyCatcher.net.

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