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7 Books about Midwives, Recommended by Patricia Harman

7 Books about Midwives, Recommended by Patricia Harman


The midwife is a classic literary heroine. She is brave. She is compassionate. She stands like a warrior on a battlefield: life on one side; death on the other, the defender of women and newborns.  As a nurse-midwife and author, I read every book I could find about midwives. Since our popularity has grown, there are so many stories that I’ve had to limit my choices. Here are some newly released books and classics I’d like to share.

baby-catcher-9780743242370_lgBaby Catcher by Peggy Vincent   

Memoir of a homebirth midwife in California and her struggles to stay in practice.  Touching and real.



51-DqBQI8nL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Midwives by Chris Bohjalian    

Fiction that reads like a legal thriller.  A midwife’s patient dies while giving birth at home birth during an ice storm.



9780143116233-lCall the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth  

The story of a British midwife in the 1950s that inspired the popular PBS series of the same name.



51CyafF2h+L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Mama Midwife by Christy Tyner 

I love this picture book for young children.  All the characters are animals.




51oMxMDW9LL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman

A memoir of a nurse-midwife who did homebirths with the Amish.




9780393333091Someone Knows My Name: A Novel by Lawrence Hill

Historical fiction. A young slave girl, whose mother was a midwife, survives by her wits and the skills of childbirth she learned from her.



51zn3JEbVZL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga by Carol Leonard 

Moving personal account of a midwife in New England and her joys and sorrows.   



Also Recommended! (All by Patricia Harman)

  • The Midwife of Hope River
  • The Reluctant Midwife
  • The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir
  • Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey
  • Lost on Hope Island: The Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives  (Juvenile)


Patricia Harman
Patricia Harman

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