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Outback Midwife - Beth McRae

Paperback Published: 28th March 2016
ISBN: 9780143780281
Number Of Pages: 320

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Call the Midwife meets In the Middle of Nowhere in this heartwarming memoir of an adventurous Aussie midwife's life 'catching babies'.

Outback Midwife is the story of Beth McRae's 40 years as a midwife, from her terrifying first day witnessing a birth as a naïve student nurse to her training as a midwife – the days when the words ‘birth plan' were unheard of and what women wanted was a long way from being part of any plan – to the outback.

Beth's career of catching babies takes her from the city to the bush, bonding with people from all walks of life at one of the most important moments in their lives. But there was one more frontier she was determined to conquer.

At a time when most people are thinking about slowing down, Beth decides to move to a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land to embark on a whole other adventure.

About the Author

Beth McRae began her training as a midwife at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital in Victoria, in the days when birth plans were unheard of, and went on acatch babies' all over Australia. After more than 30 years on the job, in her 50s there was one more frontier she was determined to conquer, the outback, where she believed her experience was needed more than anywhere else. So Beth upped sticks to a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land and embarked on a whole new adventure.

Somewhat misleading title.,


The Outback Midwife part of this book only began half way through, and gave a very interesting insight into life in a distant Aboriginal community. I enjoyed that part of the book very much. The other part of the book describing the authors journey to that point I found not so interesting. Because of the title, I was expecting the whole book to be about her experiences in the outback and her experiences as a midwife.


Every Australian should read this.


I couldn't put this book down. It was a fascinating read learning about parts of our country most of us don't get a chance to experience.

Central Coast NSW



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ISBN: 9780143780281
ISBN-10: 014378028X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th March 2016
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23