Midwives in Literature

Patricia Harman, author of The Runaway Midwife, introduces us to 7 midwives in literature.

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The midwife is a classic hero for literature. She is brave, she is tender, she stands like a warrior on a battlefield, the defender of women and babies. What’s not to like? As a nurse-midwife and author of the new novel The Runaway Midwife, I used to read every book I could about midwives. Since the popularity of midwives has grown, there are so many choices to choose from. Here are my recommendations of books featuring midwives. Enjoy! 

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Patricia Harman, CNM, got her start as a lay midwife on rural communes and went on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculties of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She is the author of two acclaimed memoirs and the bestselling novel The Midwife of Hope River. She has three sons and lives near Morgantown, West Virginia.

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