Peggy Vincent graduated from Duke University in 1964 and worked as a labor and delivery room nurse for 15 years before becoming a nurse-midwife in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area. She concluded her career as a staff midwife at Kaiser Walnut Creek, a setting that quickly drove the total number of births she attended to more than 3000.
After years of clients, friends, and family begging her to write down the birth stories she loved to tell, she finally began writing upon retirement. Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife was published by Scribner Simon & Schuster in 2002. That book was followed by three more midwifery memoirs; a fourth and final memoir is in the planning stages. Her most recent book, Mom in 500 Words or Less, has an expected publication date later this year. It is a paean to her inimitable mother, a chronological series of mostly humorous vignettes, each of no more than 500 words.
Peggy lives in Oakland with her husband and two elderly cats. Her three children and grandson aren’t too far away.