on 6 August 2005
I couldnt put this put book down, it was so well written and informative. The stories told relive the attitude and experiences of midwives and women and their families alike, in a harsher and sometimes simpler way of life that everybody can learn from. As the review title says you certainly don't have to be interested in midwifery to have full enjoyment of this book
on 9 August 2009
Whether you are a midwife and have an interest in midwifery, or not, this book is a really lively and interesting read. It gives a fantastic insight into how it was for women giving birth, and their birth attendents, whether professional midwives, or the local handy-woman; and how those handy-women were gradually phased out due to their lack of oportunity to have an education, which would have enabled them to continue and enhance the job they'd been doing for many years. I found it really interesting how women's attitude to pregnancy and childbirth have changed through the years, and the extensive knowledge the care givers had of the birth process, and how they were very much in tune with the natural process of birth itself, which I feel in many ways that intuition has been lost. Great read.
on 30 October 2000
I'd recommend this book to almost anyone... The way it is structured and written ensures it's interesting for anyone interested in social history, women's issues, healthcare, midwifery. It includes lots of direct quotes from midwives who are sharing their experiences. A lot of information, well presented.
on 18 March 2008
This book takes a fairly academic, though very readable, look at maternity care in the 20th Century. Particularly interesting to me were the first person accounts of issues such as courting, birth control and working lives. No one can doubt that women today have an easier time than our grandmothers.
on 13 August 2006
This book is excellent for anybody intersted in the profession and an interesting read for every student midwife. Easy reading and a breath of fresh air away from student text-books. It gives great insight into how the profession developed without judging the old or modern methods in the profession. The book gives plenty to think about in order to entice forming own opinions on midwifery practice and support for mothers, away from text-book reading. As a student it teaches to use own judgement - a must have to write essays. I will read it again and can not wait to start midwifery, bearing in mind the roots!