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 discovers an approach to giving birth which would change her life forever.
A gripping first-hand account of Armstrong's journey from student midwife in Glasgow to running her own practice in rural Pennsylvania, A Midwife's Story is a life-affirming book that never fails to enlighten, inform and surprise. Honest and ultimately very moving, it is inspirational reading for everyone interested in the art and humanity of midwifery.
Penny Armstrong (Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, Maine) has delivered over 1,800 babies and enjoyed a 25 year career in nurse-midwifery including teaching and practice in home, hospital and birth centres. Sheryl Feldman is a writer, teacher, and not-for-profit communications manager. She also co-founded Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers and is the initiator of its community residency project Women Writers of the Arab World.
1 Preface; 2 Acknowledgements; 3 1. Their Way; 4 2. Home; 5 3. Midwife; 6 4. Wifie; 7 5. Booth; 8 6. Paradise Visited; 9 7. Paradise Considered; 10 8. Spring Road; 11 9. The Country Hospital; 12 10. In the Fields; 13 11. The Viewing; 14 12. The Home Delivery; 15 13. Getting Married; 16 14. China; 17 15. Losses; 18 16. The Office; 19 17. Mothers and Fathers; 20 18. Giving Yourself Up; 21 19. Love; 22 20. Home; 23 21. Leah