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Hardcover A Midwife's Story Book

ISBN: 0877958165

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A Midwife's Story

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When hospital-trained midwife Penny Armstrong takes on a job delivering the babies of the Amish, she encounters a way of life deeply rooted in the earth. As she renews her respect for nature, she... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Still the best book on the expereince of a midwife

More than any other written account a midewife's story brings the world of a modern midwife to life with all the conflicting feelings, time demands and conflicts. The treatment of the Amish is tasteful and those trashing her for being non-critial have a personal bone to pick that has nothing to do with this book.As a personal friend of a midwife who serves the Amish as an English and is accepted as was the author, I can affirm they see both the good and the bad in that society just as it exists in every society. Midwives have had to learn to listen and not judge empowering all women to make their own choices. All of us should do this and it applies even when we don't always agree with the choices they make. It is too bad that those seemingly most likely to deny women the freedom to follow their own heart's desires, are those whose aim of freedom and empowerment is noble but whose concept of freedom ends when the women choose an old fashioned life that doesn't measure up to feminist ideals. The author thankfully is a modern woman, independant and yet untroubled in granting others freedom to be who and what they are.Penny's book is outstanding. If you can read through the end without tears you are tougher than most, definately tougher than me.

Beautiful book. A must read!

This beautifully written book takes us behind the scenes for an insider's look at day to day Amish life. Midwife Penny Armstrong's moving vignettes let us see the real Amish way of life. This isn't the usual, often inaccurate, overview of Amish life that's sold to tourists. It's also not a scholarly work. This book is written in a James Herriotesque style that enables us to really know and appreciate the Amish. The book starts off with Penny's training at a Glasgow hospital that cared more for procedure than it did for its patients. Then we're off to Philadelphia to a more patient friendly hospital where Penny got her American certification. Finally, we reach Amish country. The minute Penny sees the picturesque landscape and feels the tranquillity of the slow paced life she knows this is the place for her. The Amish take to Penny because she respects and admires them. She doesn't just deliver their babies, she becomes their friend. She laughs with them and cries with them. She prays with them and plays with them. She celebrates with them and mourns with them. She's invited to their homes for canning frolics. Her husband, Richard, helps them fill their silos by driving a team of mules. They become part of the community. The reader is treated to an intimate look at the Amish. We're literally in their bedrooms! We see the affectionate bond between husbands & wives. We see their staunch faith exhibited by a young wife, 8 months pregnant, who loses her husband in an accident. We see the community rally around a young couple that needs assistance. We also see the love parents have for a sick, helpless child. I can't say more. I don't want to spoil things. This book is sensitive, entertaining and informative. It is a must read for anyone fascinated by the Amish.

All this? In our world of impersonal, clinical medicine?

Imagine studying midwifery in Scotland, then going among the Amish of Pennsylvania to practice your trade. That's what Armstrong did and her stories about her adventures are riveting. She writes with charm and sensitivity of the joys and pains of birthing, living, dying among the quiet and unassuming ways of a community of simple, God-fearing folk who come to return and appreciate her love and care.As she strives to be accepted by local doctors and the local hospital she struggles with her own doubts about institutional births as opposed to home ones.A moving, lovely and loving book that respects and cherishes a people and a way of life, A MIDWIFE'S STORY will make you laugh and cry. Best of all, you can find a new understanding and respect for America's Pennsylvania Dutch Amish if you look for it. I do hope you don't miss this one.

Please read this book!

As a future certified nurse midwife, I read this book to inspire me in my studies. The story did much more than inspire my studies - it inspired and rekindled my faith in womankind and in the natural process of birth. A must-read for all medical professionals!

Wonderful,true stories of homebirth in the Amish community!

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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