When hospital-trained midwife Penny Armstrong takes on a job delivering the babies of the Amish, she discovers an approach to giving birth which would change her life forever. 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 all student midwives and expectant parents.
Beautiful book. A must read!
By A Customer - September 14, 2003
This beautifully written book takes us behind the scenes for an insider's look at day to day Amish life. Midwife Penny Armstrong's moving vignettes let us see the real Amish way of life. This isn't the usual, often inaccurate, overview of Amish life that's sold to tourists. It's also not a scholarly work. This book is written in a James Herriotesque style that enables us to really know and appreciate the Amish. The book starts off with Penny's training at a Glasgow hospital that cared more for procedure than it did for its patients. Then we're off to Philadelphia to a more patient friendly hospital where Penny got her American certification. Finally, we reach Amish country. The minute Penny sees the picturesque landscape and feels the tranquillity of the slow paced life she knows this is the place for her. The Amish take to Penny because she respects and admires them. She doesn't just deliver their babies, she becomes their friend. She laughs with them and cries with... read more
All this? In our world of impersonal, clinical medicine?
By R. Tiedemann "Sunnye" - August 21, 2002
Imagine studying midwifery in Scotland, then going among the Amish of Pennsylvania to practice your trade. That's what Armstrong did and her stories about her adventures are riveting. She writes with charm and sensitivity of the joys and pains of birthing, living, dying among the quiet and unassuming ways of a community of simple, God-fearing folk who come to return and appreciate her love and care.As she strives to be accepted by local doctors and the local hospital she struggles with her own doubts about institutional births as opposed to home ones.A moving, lovely and loving book that respects and cherishes a people and a way of life, A MIDWIFE'S STORY will make you laugh and cry. Best of all, you can find a new understanding and respect for America's Pennsylvania Dutch Amish if you look for it. I do hope you don't miss this one.
Still the best book on the expereince of a midwife
By A Customer - April 25, 2004
More than any other written account a midewife's story brings the world of a modern midwife to life with all the conflicting feelings, time demands and conflicts. The treatment of the Amish is tasteful and those trashing her for being non-critial have a personal bone to pick that has nothing to do with this book. As a personal friend of a midwife who serves the Amish as an English and is accepted as was the author, I can affirm they see both the good and the bad in that society just as it exists in every society. Midwives have had to learn to listen and not judge empowering all women to make their own choices. All of us should do this and it applies even when we don't always agree with the choices they make. It is too bad that those seemingly most likely to deny women the freedom to follow their own heart's desires, are those whose aim of freedom and empowerment is noble but whose concept of freedom ends when the women choose an old fashioned life that doesn't measure up to... read more
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