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Product Details

  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (June 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595282806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595282807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gay Courter is the author of five bestselling novels (The Midwife, The Midwife?s Advice, River of Dream, Flowers in the Blood, and Code Ezra) and three works of non-fiction including I Speak for this Child. She and her husband, Philip, are producers of award-winning documentary films and are the parents of 3 children. See www.gaycourter.com for more information

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When I read this book, I just couldn't put it down.
Carmen Matthews
Her stories are well-researched with plenty of interesting details to support the plot, and her character development is top notch.
Kinkeeper
The Midwife by Gay Courter = Could not put the book down - found it very interesting, touching, and a good read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lissa on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book from a yardsale for a dollar, and didn't expect much. I regret that I actually set it at the bottom of my reading list because the moment I started reading it, I was hooked. It's an engrossing, educating and incredibly entertaining rea, rich in period detail. It's one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction.

I highly recommend it, as well as this book's sequel, "The Midwife's Advice."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on October 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read this book, I just couldn't put it down. I felt as though I was a valuable part of her life, throughout this book, and in the follow up book, "The Midwife's Advice." Reading this book provided me with a chance to reaffirm my beliefs, as a woman. The wonderful thing about this story, and in the other books by this author is that you can explore your own life, as the characters unfold. So many things that Hannah and those close to her said, in response to their life's struggles, I have copied into my quotes journal. And now some of their responses are part of my way of being amongst others. You don't have to be a mother, a medical professional, or a woman to get a great deal from this book. It speaks to the human spirit, across the board.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Sykora on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Though I was intimidated by the length of this book, I am so glad I read it. I immediately fell in love with the writing style, the subject matter and the characters. Midwifery is a hot topic for me and this book was right up my alley.
In addition to the midwifery aspects of the book, there was also plenty of story to go with it. Fleeing from your homeland, living in steerage on a boat, learning the culture of a new country, and so much more. Courter did a wonderful job expressing such a beautiful story. I've yet to read the sequel but it's on my list of things to read this year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2000
i've read the midwife so many times that my current copy is torn and tattered! hannah is amazing and the tales from the russian pograms to the early 1900 childbirths at home are an inspiration in this time and age when women are getting back to simplified not interventioned births. the writer does a superior job of her descriptions of characters, i feel as if i know hannah and feel her struggles. this is one of my favorite books of all time! i recommend it without reservation...mbw
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kelly on April 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was an excellent book. The historical aspect of the book was fascinating. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more birthing side stories, as that is a particular interest of mine. Overall a great read, can't wait to start the next in the saga.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Styx on July 4, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this novel not only tells the story of early midwifery but also life in america for new immigrants, i really enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Harman on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in midwifery and childbirth you have to read this memorable novel. I read it years ago and have never forgotten it. It is also rich in history. Don't miss it! Patricia Harman CNM, author of The Blue Cotton Gown and Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vogler@hawaii.edu on December 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in 2 days because I couldn't put it down.I'm a nurse and the parts related to birthing were fascinating, along with the bits of history and the relationships that developed throughout the novel.I highly recommend it as a good read!
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