A contemporary classic that has sold more than two million copies and was a selection of Oprah's original Book Club, Midwives is a compulsively. Editorial Reviews. cehalfperbfamsce.ga Review. Midwives, Chris Bohjalian's fifth novel, is the story of two women: Sibyl Danforth, a lay midwife in rural Vermont, and her . Ships from and sold by cehalfperbfamsce.ga Midwives (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – November 8, Oprah Book Club® Selection, October On a violent, stormy winter night, a home birth goes disastrously wrong.
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Then, as she told me little bits about her life—the sensations of delivering or "catching" a baby in a bedroom, the wonderful drama that seems to attend almost any birth—I became hooked.
Sitting beside me, I realized, was a woman who saw more sobbing men than any other professional I was likely to meet. After all, she was there from the moment a labor began until the baby arrived. She witnessed the absolutely momentous roller-coaster of emotion that seems to accompany every birth.
Of course I also learned in my research that midwives who specialize in home birth also shoulder enormous responsibility. They deliver babies far from the medical safety net we take for granted.
Is this based upon a true story? A: No. Fortunately, it is not. But lay midwives are nevertheless beleaguered in many states.
Q: You give such descriptive details of the home-birthing process, did you actually work with a midwife to get such perspective? A: I interviewed roughly 65 people while researching Midwives.
I spent time with midwives and ob-gyns, prosecutors and defense attorneys, and literally dozens of people who had their babies at home.
Without exception, the midwives were wonderful: Forthcoming and honest, and rich with stories. Not only were they unfailingly patient clearly a part of the job description , but they were very comfortable talking about the joys and risks that mark their profession.
Q: What reaction have you gotten from midwives about your book? Midwives is the third novel from acclaimed author, Chris Bohjalian. The novel tells the story of Sibyl Danforth, a midwife put on trial for the death of one of her clients. A trial that is supposed to be about the death of a single woman turns into a battle between science and nature as the right of a woman to choose home birth is debated. Sibyl's young daughter, fourteen-year-old Connie, watches from the sidelines, powerless to control the chaos that threatens to tear her family apart.
Midwives is a novel of family, of trust, and of loyalty that will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.
Charlotte Fugett Bedford is a quiet woman who recently moved to Vermont from Arkansas. Charlotte has few friends and is often lost in the shadow of her minister husband, Asa.
When Charlotte becomes pregnant with her second child, she chooses to visit a midwife rather than an ob-gyn. Charlotte's pregnancy is uneventful, except for a brief struggle with anemia, convincing Sibyl Danforth, her midwife, that she is a good candidate for a home birth.
When Charlotte goes into labor, it seems the birth will be as uneventful as the pregnancy. However, things begin to change as the labor progresses late into the night. When Sibyl notes some excessive bleeding, she suggests Charlotte be moved to a hospital.
Unfortunately, an ice storm has knocked out the phones. Sibyl decides to go get her car and move Charlotte that way, but the driveway is so slick Sibyl ends up driving her car into a snow bank.
It seems there is no hope of moving Charlotte. Gratefully, the bleeding stops and Charlotte appears to be out of danger.
Sibyl encourages Charlotte to push.
Over four hours, the baby moves down the birth canal but stubbornly refuses to emerge into the world. Sibyl continues to encourage Charlotte, convinced the baby only needs one more good push. Charlotte has grown tired and is struggling to find the energy to keep up with Sibyl's demands.
Suddenly Charlotte has a seizure that Sibyl believes is caused by a stroke. Sibyl performs CPR, but after the final cycle, Sibyl does not feel a pulse or hear a heartbeat.