The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

Would I recommend it? If you came over to visit and share a cup of tea with me this evening I’d pick this book off the table where it is sitting and send it home with you.The Midwife of Hope River by Patrica Harman

Before I placed it in your hands I would probably check to make sure that you didn’t have issues reading about childbirth- it’s a book about a midwife after all.

But, if you did have issues with that sort of thing, I would tell you the story of the birthing class I went to before Ivy was born.

All three of my girls were born at a birth center staffed by midwives and when I was pregnant with Ivy we attended the requisite birthing class.  In our first class they told us their intent was to turn us into “mini-midwives” and teach us as much about the process of childbirth as they could in the few Saturdays that we had.  Which they did with the help of videos. Many, many videos of childbirth that we would watch and then discuss. On the last day we were given the opportunity to share any thoughts we had with our classmates. One of the husbands, in a room full of very pregnant, first time mothers, spoke up and told us that watching the videos was sort of like watching horror films. That they are awful at first but then you get desensitized to them.

And then, I would give you the book anyway.

7 comments on “The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

  1. Jenny says:

    I am going to look this one up. I love reading midwifery books!

  2. Jenny says:

    My library has many copies and I now have a hold on one. I “made” my book club group read The Birth House by Ami McKay.

  3. says:

    I checked your tag for “books” and have been reading your comments on the books you’ve read. This one really grabbed my attention. Since I can’t sit across the table from you; besides someone else is likely reading it right now; I’m going to get a copy — soon. Thanks.

    • Jessie says:

      Oh good I hope you like it you’ll have to let me know!

    • Jessie says:

      Also I changed how I did things but if you check both the tag “recommended read” and the category by the same name you should come up with all my recommendations. It’s a bad system, it’s on my “blog things to fix” list but it doesn’t seem like fun so it’s WAY down on the list. 🙂

  4. says:

    me again … did you read Chris Bohjalian’s novel, “Midwives”? I highly recommend it.

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