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Did she perform at least eight or nine cycles as my mother said, or four or five as Asa recalled? That is the sort of detail that was disputable. But at some point within minutes of what my mother believed had been a stroke, after my mother concluded the cardiopulmonary resuscitation had failed to generate a pulse or a breath, she screamed for Asa and Anne to find her the sharpest knife in the house.In Midwives, Chris Bohjalian chronicles the events leading up to the trial of Sibyl Danforth, a respected midwife in the small Vermont town of Reddington, on charges of manslaughter. It quickly becomes evident, however, that Sibyl is not the only one on trial--the prosecuting attorney and the state's medical community are all anxious to use this tragedy as ammunition against midwifery in general; this particular midwife, after all, an ex-hippie who still evokes the best of the flower-power generation, is something of an anachronism in 1981. Through it all, Sibyl, her husband, Rand, and their teenage daughter, Connie, attempt to keep their family intact, but the stress of the trial--and Sibyl's growing closeness to her lawyer--puts pressure on both marriage and family. Bohjalian takes readers through the intricacies of childbirth and the law, and by the end of Sibyl Danforth's trial, it's difficult to decide which was more harrowing--the tragic delivery or its legal aftermath.
Narrated by a now adult Connie, Midwives moves back and forth in time, fitting vital pieces of information about what happened that night like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into its complicated plot. As Connie looks back on her mother's trial, she is still trying to understand what happened--not on the night of the disaster--but in the months and years that followed. --Margaret Prior
A very beautifully told story of the death of a mother during the delivery of her baby in her own home by a midwife. Read morePublished 8 days ago by V. T. Carson
well written and captivating, You are always left on your toes not knowing which way the story will turn next.Published 16 days ago by Lucile
Kept my interest and learned some things I did not know about the process of being a midwife.Published 24 days ago by Sandra Mills
This book is amazing. The concept is EPIC. Absolutely masterful!Published 26 days ago by D. Ferguson
This story crept up on me. It started slow then built up the suspense as the diary pages revealed new facts. ,At some point I realized I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished 1 month ago by CTreader
LOVE this book. Highly recommended. Strong wonderful dynamic deep believable characters. Great ending. Very satisfying reading experience.Published 1 month ago by OK RACH
The most unrealistic portrayal of a midwife I have ever read. There isn't a midwife in this country that would ever have attempted to do what the author has Sibyl doing in this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurice Dunning