- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; unknown edition (April 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743219341
- ISBN-13: 978-0743219341
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 277 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife Paperback – April 15, 2003
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Anne Lamott author of Operating Instructions Baby Catcher is a celebration of life, a book of beautiful and passionate stories of birth -- and the mothers, fathers, families, and friends who assisted -- told by a midwife devoted to more tender and natural childbirth. This is an inspiring, important book.
Publishers Weekly A page-turner.
About the Author
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. Visit her online at BabyCatcher.net.
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WARNING: As one reviewer mentions, there are two very sad stories. They didn't bother me, as I'm already aware of the risks during birth and found it comforting to know that these were two tragedies in over 3000 successful deliveries that Peggy Vincent attended. But if you're sensitive or particularly emotional, you may not want to read while pregnant.
unlike how doctors think "childbirth is normal until proven otherwise"
Now, this probably wouldn't be the book you'd expect to answer all your pregnancy needs. It doesn't tell you about diet, exercise, the growth of your fetus. This is a book about a midwife and the women she's helped to deliver. For me, reading these varied stories, told with humor and consideration, almost all of which had a positive outcome, was such a relief to my anxiety about childbirth. It helped me see that there are so many types of "normal" and that my delivery was going to be "normal" regardless of the process or outcome. I wanted to start the book again as soon as I finished it. And, I repeat, Peggy Vincent is funny and fun and tells a great story! You are going to wish she were your midwife.
She also gave a lot of food for thought with her own birthing experience. She made a good point about pigeon holing yourself with one birthing method (like Lamaze), and encourages realistic thinking. I know now I must expand my research.
Though her own journey took a sad end, it opens your eyes to the realities midwives have to deal with. I hope this book encourages folks to protect midwifery. As even with so much progress, things can still turn sour.
There are scary stories presented in this book, so be emotionally prepared to read those if you are pregnant.
A note to expectant mothers: Please please skip through reading the chapters titled Spirit Baby and Spirit Baby II. They are both regarding the loss of a child. During Spirit Baby II, I had to put the book down and sob for an hour. It was so incredibly hard to read and had I known what I was about I probably would have skipped it. We all already fear the loss of a child and having to hear a story like such it really struck me hard. Do yourself a favor and avoid the heart-wrenching chapters listed above.