A gripping first-hand account of midwife Penny Armstrong’s journey from student midwife in Glasgow to running her own practice among the Amish in rural Pennsylvania, A Midwife’s Story never fails to enlighten, inform and surprise.
Going far beyond mere biography, Armstrong’s journey of self-discovery is ultimately very moving, and it is the honesty with which she describes the world she discovers which makes this book a classic, and essential reading not just for aspiring midwives but to anyone interested in natural birth.
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Reviews: 'A jewel of a book.' Sheila Kitzinger
'A remarkable book, as wonderful abut the Amish as it is about midwifery.' The New York Times
'Penny Armstrong is a symbol of the revival of midwifery on the American continent.' MICHEL ODENT - obstetrician and author
'A loving and generous book that speaks to many people on many issues: childbirth, families, the Amish, marriage, deformity, death, commitment, technology, and respect for the land.' ERICA BAUERMEISTER - 500 Great Books by Women
'Penny Armstrong is a flesh and blood heroine too remarkable for a novelist to have invented. . . . A book that is hard to put down.' GAY COURTER - Author of Midwife
'A charming, gracefully written book... a must for mothers-to-be and a delight for all.' The Kirkus Reviews