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Baby Catcher : Chronicles of a Modern Midwife :  Chronicles of a Modern Midwife - Peggy Vincent

Baby Catcher : Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

Paperback Published: January 2002
ISBN: 9780743219341
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

Anne Lamott author of Operating Instructions Baby Catcher is a celebration of life, a book of beautiful and passionate stories of birth -- and the mothers, fathers, families, and friends who assisted -- told by a midwife devoted to more tender and natural childbirth. This is an inspiring, important book.
Publishers Weekly A page-turner.

As it was in the beginning
You Have to Lie Down
Babies, Babies, Babies
Mrs. Purdue
The Hippie Effect
The meditation of my heart
Painless Childbirth?
To Be or Not to Be
Only If You Can Be There
Fog
Adidas to Birkenstocks
The wine of astonishment
Rubber Ducky
Good News and Bad News
We Couldn't Have Done It Without Him
Huh?
Hallie's Reputation
Only What's Necessary
The Perineal Cry
Not only with our lips but in our lives
Spirit Baby I
Practice What You Preach
My Little Helper
Spirit Baby II
When Mom Is a Midwife
Who walketh upon the wings of the wind
One More Soul
Pragmatism in Action
Sneak Attack
Uh-oh
A Friend
What Flowers Are These?
Labor's Not So Bad
Goose Abuse
Wall Art
It's Just So Interesting
Okay, Okay, Okay
Is My Mommy Happy?
Devices and desires
Wrongful Life
Cut Me!
You'd Better Sit Down
The measure of my days
Guardian Angel
Allah's Blessing
End of the Drought
You Can't Be Serious
I Just Forgot
Soccer Mom
Hello from Rosie
A Bitter Pill
Happy Birthday
Shift Work
Passing the Torch
Epilogue
The Current Situation
Appendices
Pearls of Wisdom
Home Birth Supplies
Studies on Midwifery Safety
Statistics on the Economics of Midwifery
Resources
Sandi's Famous Caramels
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ISBN: 9780743219341
ISBN-10: 0743219341
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: January 2002
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1