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A Midwife's Story Hardcover – Sep 1986


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co (Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877958165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877958161
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Remarkable... as wonderful about the Amish as it is about midwifery. -- The New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Campbell on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I read this book a couple of years ago while I was still training to be a midwife and having just finished Penny and Sheryl's next book A Wise Birth I am reminded what an important book this is/was to me and how much of what they write about has stayed with me. It is vivid and moving and a fascinating insight into Penny's journey from being a hospital midwife to working and living with the Amish community
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It pictures how truly wonderful, natural and peaceful childbirth can be when faith and love are present and fear is absent. If only all women had such a midwife and trusted their own bodies!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Graceson on 13 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. Moving, informative, interesting, funny and honest. In these times of increasing interventions and medicalisation of childbirth, this gives a compelling insight into the innate ability of women to birth their babies. I think it should be on the curriculum for all midwives, obstetricians, doctors and antenatal educators. Not only that but it is a wonderful read for any new or expectant parent.
Although this book was written a number of years ago, the message is even more valid today. Buy it, you won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Robertson on 14 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Being a Scottish trained Midwife, I initially took umbridge at the author's rather deprecatory image of her training in Glasgow. I do realise that times have changed, she may have trained in the late '60s which was still a time of considerable poverty in this area. I ploughed on and ended up really enjoying the book. The copy I bought from Amazon was to have as a "keeper", a work colleague had lent me hers. I don't often keep books, but this is one I want to return to.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Zivblina on 22 Feb. 2010
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It is strange how the simplest things can mean so much. I was purchasing a book (not Amish) from amazon when I saw this book a midwifes storys and curiosity got the better of me. A midwife's story is one of those books that draws you in and once you begin to read it you cannot put it down. the story of an 'english' midwife and how she gained the trust of the Amish and it not only informs you about the roles of the midwife and the births of Amish babies and how the Amish respond. it also teaches without been preechy about the Amish culture and beliefs. I have read and re read this book five times and everytime I get something more from it. and everytime I go to read it I still can never put it down. the book goes into other aspects of amish life and that is how the Amish deal with grief from the man who was killed in the fields and how the support was for his heaviily pregnant wife. It also speaks about a still born baby and when you get to Leah at the end of book a hot cup of tea or coffee and a box of Kleanx tissues as it can make you cry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gemma on 7 Jun. 2014
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I want to become a midwife and this book has inspired me on how best to accomplish my practice!! Very humbling book. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Gillian E. Mackenzie on 6 July 2013
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I happened upon this book by chance and once I started, I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written, heart-warming and also brought a tear to my eye. So interesting to read about the ways of the Amish and one is left full of admiration for them. Only thing I took exception to was the description of her time in Scotland. Being from Glasgow myself, I found it very negative. I must stress, it isn't like that now! However, read and enjoy this great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CMC123 on 2 May 2013
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I read this in the run up to my student midwifery interviews to get me into the swing of things. Very very interesting book which I will read again for sure. Highly recommended.
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