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Midwife Crisis: The Calamities of a Trainee Midwife Kindle Edition
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The title is a bit misleading, as midwifery is only a tiny bit of the story!!
So if you are looking for a book all about whats its like to be a student midwife then this isnt the book for you.
However, if you want to read a book about life and its ups and downs and what its like to have a Christian faith in God then this is the book for you!! :o)
What I found that I was reading was actually a biography of a woman, in this book dealing with her training in midwifery and following the birth of two of her children, although the midwifery aspect seemed to be less than half of the book (my main complaint about the title).
Once I realised this was not going to be a funny book, I expected to read about the insights that her midwifery experiences gave to her faith - but I was disappointed. There was huge scope here to tell us about how it feels to encounter life - and death - on a daily basis; to reflect on the importance of human life, perhaps, and its fragility. But this book didn't delve into that, it read more as a description of important events in her life, with very little reflection. Although well written, I felt the book lacked depth considering the possibilities within the subject - and the artwork is unjustifiably misleading.
It's not a bad book, it's just a missed opportunity. The amazingly positive Amazon reviews on this page are, I suspect, the author's friends writing about it - because they know and love her and know her story. As someone who doesn't know the author personally I can only go by what I've read - she has an interesting story but she hasn't explained enough to make this a worthwhile book to me.
By all means buy and read this book but don't expect more of it than it can give.
It did not.
The first few chapters were fab. Lots of info about life as a student. Then the book went to pot. No mention of midwifery, rather a preachy type of book in which the author talks a lot about God and her faith.
If you want to read about midwifery you will be very disappointed. My advice is don't bother.
It's appallingly badly written and simply lurches disconnectedly between (fairly boring) anecdotes. Initially there are one or two involving midwifery, but most seem to revolve around various private woes, particularly breakdowns of friendships, and on each occasion she carefully explains that it's all the other party's fault, and that she is innocently blameless. She is away from her studies/job for most of the book with some sort of illness or other rather than actually doing what the title implies (ie midwifery in some shape or form), and when she isn't ill she's at prayer meetings. Anything good that happens is attributed to God answering her prayers (making the boiler work, finding a car, all of the tiny, unmiraculous minutiae of life), and anything bad that happens is down to God's plan, so instead of doing something proactive to get herself out of trouble/poverty she sits around waiting for a sign from God, and blaming others for her situation.
The entire book is just one big moan about how rubbish her life is, and how badly other people treat her, and using the excuse 'God's Will' for doing nothing about it. In short, she is the opposite of what I hope I become as a person and as a midwife.
Sanctimonious, negative, irritating, and utterly pointless - a lesson in how relying on faith and NOTHING ELSE will lead you precisely nowhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't realise religion was going to play such a bit part in this book but never-the-less, a good readPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutly hilarious book, giving the real insight to the work of training ro be a midwife.Published 8 months ago by MBean
Excellent read both from the Christian point of view and midwifery.Looking forward to reading more books by Hillary. Enjoyable read.Published 19 months ago by Katie White
loved every minute of this and enjoyed all the calamities of a trainee midwife. am sure it all worked out all well in the endPublished on 1 July 2014 by house elf
The picture on the cover of this book and the write up gave the impression that it would be about the work of a midwife and as my title says it started well but then her career was... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by Sandra Flint
A beautiful account about a nurses life and her struggles in daily life and her life with God who she shares her struggles with. Worth reading the first book (Pelican crossing.. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2012 by Renske
The title, cover & blurb completely mis-represent this book. Far from being a wry look at midwifery training (as others have noted her midwife experience - let alone training... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2012 by C-three
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