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Midwife Crisis: The Calamities of a Trainee Midwife by [Cotterill, Hillary]
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A Midwife, Hilary Cotterill lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and 3 sons. She is also author of Pelican Crossing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1EZDS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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I really enjoyed this book.!!

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)
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This book is the follow-up to Pelican Crossing, published in 2004, which I read immediately before reading Midwife Crisis. When picking up both books, with humorous cartoons on the front and subtitles such as "the misadventures of a trainee nurse" and "the calamities of a trainee midwife" I was looking forward to reading something like a Christian nursing version of a James Herriott book. I was disappointed.

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.
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I bought this book because in a few weeks time I become a student midwife and I thought reading this would give me a bit of an insight into what to expect.

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.
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I sat and read this in an evening. It's true, there is not much midwifery, if you want to learn what its like to be a midwife then there are other books available. But if like me you were itching to find out what "Hilary did next" after Pelican Crossing then this is the book for you. It is a challenging, inspiring account of one woman's journey with God and struggles with difficult circumstances. It is at times painful but there is a strong sense of God providing for this family and we see Hilliary's faith growing in adversity. You might find this helpful if you are/ have been struggling with life yourself. Can't wait for number 3!!!!
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I bought this hoping to learn something about midwifery training. I was aware that there would be a Christian undertone from the blurb, but the title led me to think that it would be based around actal midwifery. Sadly not.

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.
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This book does not include enough on student midwifery to justify its title, so if like me you are a student midwife and thought you would find some solace in this book think again and don't buy it. It is simply a biography of how bad Hilary Cotterill's life was between qualifying as a midwife and having children (with very little on midwifery) and quite a depressing biography at that. I am a christian but I am also a firm believer that life it was you make it and you can't expect other people or beings to make it better for you. I found some areas of the book to be vague and inconsistent and the ending wasn't that much of a happy one. The recurring thought I had whilst reading the last quarter of the book was why doesn't SHE go back to work??? If you want a book on midwifery buy another and don't waste your money on this one.
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