Life of a Midwife: A Celebration of Midwifery

Paper cover, 8 by 11 magazine format, 92 pages. Includes beautiful black and white birth art and photography.

 
We must be clear about who we serve and who we are committed to protect
—from "Love that Protects"
 
Unfortunately, because of our societal status in comparison with other medical professionals, some of us have made a habit of living defensively.
—from "Facing Burnout"
 
It is the full experience of birth the traditional midwife makes possible that will help heal the devaluation of life.
—from "Traditional Midwifery: Three Views"
 
"I read every word of your book from cover to cover. I cried, I shook, I laughed, I understood. Mostly, however, I thanked you. This…is a treasure."
—Nancy Weiner Cohen
 
"It is beautifully full of love and profound thoughts and guidance for all of us, no matter where we are in the process of being a midwife. … And the really wonderful thing about it is that it has all been written by midwives!!!"
—Penni Harmon"

Table of Contents

Being Called Midwife

Introduction

  • Most Treasured Memories
  • Childhood Wonder Pays Off
  • Who Are We?
  • Making the New Way
  • A Letter to My Midwives

Character

  • A Matter of Faith
  • Pedestals
  • Midwives' Sexuality
  • Wrestling With Ourselves
  • A Time to Reflect
  • Birthing Better Understanding

Roles

  • Love that Protects
  • Midwife—Protector of the Family
  • Equilibrium
  • You Are a Counselor
  • The Psychology of Birth
  • The Healing Art of Listening
  • Language of Love
  • Giving Voice to Wisdom
  • Midwife as Facilitator
  • The Instinct of Birth
  • Faith or Fear?

Realities

  • First Year
  • Risk Factors
  • Risking out the Psychologically Unfit Client
  • Getting Paid
  • Births Aren't Always "Perfect"
  • A Fragile Peace
  • Tips for the Single Parent Midwife
  • Mom! We Want You!
  • Facing Burnout
  • Burnout
  • The Box
  • Extremes
  • Every Midwife Has...

Ways of Practice

  • Diversity
  • Quieting The Fear
  • Metropolitan Nurse-Midwifery
  • Perfecting Skills in a Large Service
  • Finding the Common Ground
  • Midwives in Partnership
  • The Business of Midwifery
  • A Great Responsibility, and an Honor (Working in the Rural Practice
  • Solo Practice
  • The Common Continuum
  • Traditional Midwifery: Three Views
  • First View
  • Second View of Traditional Midwifery
  • Third View of Traditional Midwifery
  • Trends & Traditions: Choose Wisely
  • Midwifery and Technology
  • Is Innovative Technology Compatible with Ways of Traditional Birth?
  • High Tech Midwifery
  • Protocols: Standards Meeting Needs
  • My Favorite Births
  • Remembering Why We Are Midwives (Gracious Births)

*New articles in this edition

Conclusion

  • Getting Organized
  • Once a Midwife Always a Midwife
  • To Karen

Resources

Just received your latest production, and I have to tell you that I think it is absolutely wonderful! I can't even find words to describe what I think, but I feel obligated to try…

It is beautifully full of love and profound thoughts and guidance for all of us, no matter where we are in the process of being a midwife. I can see that the beginner will love it for its insights into what the future holds. The experienced midwife will pour over it looking for advice or support for her latest observation or "head scratcher" and the woman who has been doing this work for decades will benefit from knowing that there are others out there who have seen what she has seen and has experienced the doubts or joys that she has experienced. Even more than the magazine, this book has something for everyone. And the really wonderful thing about it is that it has all been written by midwives!!!

Is it possible for me to buy 6 or 7 more copies? I know hundreds of women who would like to have it (I can't afford to buy it for everyone on Long Island!) and I would like to give it as a gift to some of my friends.

Thank you for sending it to me. You are beautiful.

Love, Penni Harmon