GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2011 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL
“Candid and well-written.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Verdict: This book reads as though you're listening to and talking with a friend at the kitchen table. Thornton's frank, relaxed manner makes it accessible to general readers as well as students of women's or African American memoir. Worth considering also for those looking for inspirational reads.” —Library Journal --
About the Author
Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH
, is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and board-certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine (high risk obstetrics) at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. She has personally delivered more than 5,000 babies in her career and has overseen or supervised more than 12,000 deliveries. She is a former Vice-Chair of a department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is the mother of two children.
She is the author of The Ditchdigger s Daughters, her memoir about growing up in a poor family with parents who were determined to see all their daughters rise above their circumstances and become doctors, and Inside Information for Women, a health guide that answers many questions women have about their bodies from someone who s been on both sides of the stirrups.
During her 35-year career in medicine, she has conducted research at The Rockefeller University, the National Institutes of Health Pregnancy Research Branch, National Naval Medical Center, Naval Medical Research Institute, and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She is the author or co-author of more than a dozen scientific papers. She also serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She received her medical (M. D.) degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Anita Bartholomew is a leading freelance writer and editor and former longtime contributing editor to Reader s Digest. Her work has appeared in numerous other major newsstand, web, and custom publications as well, including Woman s Day, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Continental, and others.