Midwife: A Calling

Midwife A Calling From the author of BABY CATCHER When Peggy Vincent first found herself holding a naked baby in her bare hands as a student nurse in she never dreamed the path her life would take as a result of

  • Title: Midwife: A Calling
  • Author: Peggy Vincent
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From the author of BABY CATCHER When Peggy Vincent first found herself holding a naked baby in her bare hands as a student nurse in 1962, she never dreamed the path her life would take as a result of that accidental catch Countless births followed Hippies, lawyers, teenagers, welfare moms, marijuana growers, smugglers, spiritualists, Orthodox Jews, neurologists, ChristiFrom the author of BABY CATCHER When Peggy Vincent first found herself holding a naked baby in her bare hands as a student nurse in 1962, she never dreamed the path her life would take as a result of that accidental catch Countless births followed Hippies, lawyers, teenagers, welfare moms, marijuana growers, smugglers, spiritualists, Orthodox Jews, neurologists, Christian Scientists, Muslims, the rich and the pooris list scratches only the surface of her diverse clientele Told with warmth, humor, and sincerity, these tales will resonate with all those who remain as enchanted as Peggy by the unique art of giving birth.

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    1. What a wonderful and uplifting book this is. It deals with the wonder and miracle of birth and Peggy Vincent's warmth and love of her job and willingness to go the extra mile for her patients shines from every page. I have usually shied away from midwifery books but I’m so glad I read this and will be looking forward to more from Peggy. She describes her student days and how she felt drawn to obstetrics realising this was the area in which she wanted to specialise. Eventually after much extra [...]

    2. Peggy Vincent's writing voice achieves what all us writers hanker for so badly: the reader forgets s/he's reading, that these are someone's words, someone's thoughts, because the story—stories, in the case of MIDWIFE: A CALLING—being told is just so darn good. Mixed in with Peggy's own stories are those of nurses and doctors and patients and families and coworkers that she's interacted throughout her years as, first, a nurse and then, finally, a midwife, and all these vignettes come together [...]

    3. I loved this Memoir - just couldn't make it last any longer - what a fab read - great writing - love the Author's sense of humour & her wit - bucket loads of it in this book - took me right back to the 70s/80s when I had my two sons… Having someone there - who 'gets-it' and 'listens' + provides comfort & love and is sooo knowledgeable is unbelievably vital AND at a time when trying to get thru the 'mire' to be taken seriously as a midwife must have been like trying to find 'hens teeth' [...]

    4. An amazing book, I loved it. I received a free copy of this book to beta read.I love medical memoirs and I certainly LOVED this! Peggy Vincent is the author of the renowned 'Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife', written quite some years ago-this is a brand new book about her experiences. If you loved Jennifer Worth's 'Call The Midwife'-this book is for you! I've read Jennifer Worth's trilogy, really enjoyed it and thought this might be a bit 'samey'-it wasn't at all as this book covers [...]

    5. I devoured this book, just like I did with Baby Catcher! Peggy's story telling is simple, with a touch of humor. She's honest and informative. While she was not always a fan of hospital policies and the way things were/are done, she doesn't demonize or revere any form or place of birth. She's done and seen it all and I cannot wait for more stories from her! I feel like if I were to be in a situation needing to deliver a baby I'd know enough basics to get the job done now. If it were possible I'd [...]

    6. I love memoirs and in particular midwifery memoirs. I am a midwife and love reading other midwives experiences especially the differences in working in another country. This book is set in the US and I live in New Zealand. I particularly loved the short, concise chapters making the book easy to read, gave variety and interest. The book shows the different settings a midwife works in, the challenges and the wonderful, beautiful job that midwifery is

    7. I love Peggy's book Baby Catcher. I was hoping this new book would have the same tone and style - she did not disappoint. The chapters were standalone stories that made for great reading during breaks at work and just before falling asleep. There were quite a few times that I found myself nodding or laughing.I'm greatly looking forward to the next book in the series.

    8. Midwife: A Calling is a great human interest story. The author's love of bringing new life into the world jumps off the pages and grabs you. If you haven't witnessed the miracle of birth, Peggy Vincent's stories are the next best thing.

    9. I couldn't put this book down. This would make a wonderful addition to anyone's library containing books on parenting and birthing.I love the birth stories.

    10. Such an amazing memoir about the joys and surprises of birth! Made even better by personally knowing the amazing author!

    11. I read Peggy Vincent's Baby Catcher as a senior in college while working on a research project and LOVED it. (I later gave my copy to a friend who was pregnant with her first baby.) When I saw Peggy had written two more books, I knew I had to read them. As with Baby Catcher, I couldn't put this book down. Her writing style is engaging and the stories are honest and gripping. If I ever have a baby, I hope there is a Peggy Vincent around to catch her!

    12. Peggy Vincent first entered the medical field as a young delivery room nurse. Years later, after being present at the births of many babies and witnessing all manner of amazing things, Vincent became a midwife. She attended home births, and later, attained hospital privileges, an unheard of thing at the time. "Midwife: A Calling" chronicles her many years of working with laboring women, told through a series of relatively short stories. Most of the stories are birth stories, telling about Vincen [...]

    13. I was reluctant to read this book because the subject was a painful reminder of my past losses; many miscarriages, and a stillbirth. I never experienced a joyous midwife catching a baby—a nurse who considered this to be her special calling. And, since I admire people who feel they have a mission to minister to others' needs, I decided to find out more about Peggy's strong impulse to follow this path. I'm glad I did.Her enthusiasm for natural childbirth, and her colorful vignettes in hospitals [...]

    14. Loved it! Birth stories are often full of numbers: a recounting of the timeline noting dilation and application of interventions along the way. (Contractions started at X:00, got to the hospital at X:00, dilation was x cm, two hours later dilation was x cm, got epidural at X:00, Pitocin at X:00… etcetera until “pushed for x minutes or hours” and then the weight of the baby.) Peggy Vincent’s stories are true stories, each one focusing on something that was amazing, challenging, funny, iro [...]

    15. This book took me just one sitting and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The author recalls her career as a midwife from her initial nursing degree to her retirement. She recalls her working life through a wonderful collection of vignettes describing mothers, babies and families. From laughing out loud to quiet reflection, her recollections are beautifully written and her empathy tumbles off each page. Historically, the memoir covers very dynamic and controversial times. Attitudes to natural childbirth a [...]

    16. Great, short birth stories. These would be great to read any time you had a few minutes to pass, between appointments perhaps, in a waiting room. Unfortunately I won't have them to read that way because I was unable to stop reading until there was no more to read. I did suffer from intense midwife envy as I read, so if you are also a frustrated birth junky, beware.

    17. Another amazing book by Peggy Vincent!I loved Peggy Vincent's first book, Baby Catcher, so much that I have read and reread it many, many times. I was so excited to learn that she had written a new memoir! Midwife: A Calling did not disappoint! More wonderful stories about the beauty of birth I can't wait for Book 2!

    18. Very enjoyableWhat a wonderful book! The stories were beautiful with just enough explanation of the medical aspects to help you understand without taking away from the miracle that is birth.

    19. Wonderful stories about an American Midwife who worked hard to obtain her goal. Told in many short chapters of different births. I thoroughly enjoyed every story in this memoir

    20. I loved this book! Easy to read, made me laugh and get teary at some spots too. As a labor RN I appreciated her kindness along with humor about a subject that is near and dear to my heart.

    21. I love her way of writing and making you feel as if you are there. Some interesting, funny moments that had me laughing out loud.

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