Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife (Paperback)

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    Peggy Vincent became a licensed midwife specializing in home births in 1980, after fifteen years as a delivery room nurse, ten years as a natural childbirth teacher, and three years as the director of the first alternative birth center in the East Bay. Five years later, she became the first completely independent nurse midwife to be granted hospital privileges in the Berkeley area. Vincent lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and teenage son. Her Web site is www.babycatcher.net
    Each time she knelt to "catch" another wriggling baby -- nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career -- California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way for one more. With every birth, she encounters another woman-turned-goddess: Catherine rides out her labor in a car careening down a mountain road. Sofia spends hers trying to keep her hyper doctor-father from burning down the house. Susannah gives birth so quietly that neither husband nor midwife notice until there's a baby in the room.

    More than a collection of birth stories, however, Baby Catcher is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance, and love, this is an impassioned call to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in the timeless drama of birth.

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    ISBN 9780743219341
    Genre FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 336
    Publisher Date 2003-04-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Scribner
    Copyright Year 2003
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.7 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Vincent, Peggy

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