Kim Woodard Osterholzer, CPM, RM is a homebirth midwife of fifteen years with an active practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kim has attended the births of more than 500 babies, including the births of her grandchildren. Her passion is the happy, healthy beginnings of families, and her heart thrills to encourage, inspire, empower, and equip those she serves to live their lives to the full. Kim lives with her husband Steven and together they revel in their blended family of five cherished children, two treasured children-in-law, and three adored grandchildren.
My collection of books are many, but I have never read a book more fervently as when I read through A Midwife in Amish Country: Celebrating God’s Gift of Life by Kim Woodard Osterholzer. Kim’s descriptive and detailed true stories took me alongside her journeys from childhood days, being saved, discovering her calling, studying, learning, praying, to her personal accounts with her beloved husband, children and friends. All five senses were alive as I read regarding the sights from daybreak, to birthing, to starry filled night skies and drives home; sounds of ringing phones, birthing bellows, and sweet conversations between husbands and wives preparing to catch their new born babies; smells of sweet Fall days on Amish farms, and pungent birthing smells and homes; touches of newborn babies, embraces, near fainting, cervical dilations, tracheal dilations; and tasting sweet peaches and green beans from Amish farms. I felt every one of her feelings; I cried, I laughed out loud, I got huge goosies, and I fell in love with Jesus all over again for the sweet ways He took what the world meant for harm, and turned it for Good. His Good. Kim completely changed and enlightened my knowledge of what it means to be a midwife, but she completely changed my life when she became a friend. Her courageous and true story will change your life. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
I just finished reading this wonderful book! I don't think I will be able to convey how much I enjoyed it, it was so SO good and so real. Kim tells her story amazing and raw and powerful story of becoming a midwife. I cried many times, I laughed many times and I felt like I knew her even though we have never met. I think any women any mother would love this book. I am not a midwife just a mom but many parts of her story feel so close to home. She shares her lessons and her whole heart. With in the first chapter I had goose bumps when I read "Trust is a thing only to be earned, and time is its currency". Thank you to Kim for writing this book! I highly recommend you read it! It is well worth your time and money! I received an advance reader copy from the publisher
5.0 out of 5 starstrusting God, midwifery, life,loss,love
30 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Kim Woodard Osterholzer's book, A Midwife in Amish Country and I am so thankful I did! I couldn't wait until the release date of April 30th - I have been reading her blogs and have so enjoyed them that I couldn't wait to read her book. And it did not disappoint me. This book is a lot more than a book about birthing babies. It is about life, love & loss. But more importantly, it is about trusting God for our past, present and future. As Kim wrote, "It's a story about an ordinary woman who, by virtue of her surrender to Jesus Christ, managed to accomplish something extraordinary." Kim is an amazing writer and gifted midwife!
5.0 out of 5 starsit would be more like: A new author writes about her experiences from ...
12 June 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Review of book: A Midwife in Amish Country: Celebrating God's Gift of Life
This is an incredible book. As the title indicates, it is a book about a midwife, in Amish country, celebrating God's gift of life. But it is so very much more. If I were to subtitle it, it would be more like: A new author writes about her experiences from child to nearly midlife, including growing (physically mentally & spiritually), learning (trained or otherwise), maturing, developing friendships, and so much more, culminating in the accomplishment of becoming an accredited Midwife, in Amish Country. I was very impressed by how well-written it was. Intellectually it is an easy read, but be prepared to immerse your heart in the story. This is one of the most moving books I've encountered. I laughed, cried, and prayed throughout the story. I actually ordered a second copy to loan out to friends and family, and I'm looking forward to discovering future books by this author.
The good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. Through trial and error the author takes you along on her journey of being terrified of the birthing process to embracing the miracle of life, witnessing and assisting many babies to take their first breath earth side. A book that paints a messy, beautiful picture of what it is to be a midwife. I look forward to more stories by this author.