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ISBN13: 9780061135873
ISBN10: 0061135879
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An arresting portrait of the struggles that women faced for control of their own bodies, The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare—the first daughter in five generations of Rares.

As apprentice to the outspoken Acadian midwife Miss Babineau, Dora learns to assist the women of an isolated Nova Scotian village through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies, and unfulfilling sex lives. During the turbulent World War I era, uncertainty and upheaval accompany the arrival of a brash new medical doctor and his promises of progress and fast, painless childbirth. In a clash between tradition and science, Dora finds herself fighting to protect the rights of women as well as the wisdom that has been put into her care.

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Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, this story of a Nova Scotia midwife is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

Synopsis:

An arresting portrait of the struggles that women faced for control of their own bodies, The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare—the first daughter in five generations of Rares.

As apprentice to the outspoken Acadian midwife Miss Babineau, Dora learns to assist the women of an isolated Nova Scotian village through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies, and unfulfilling sex lives. During the turbulent World War I era, uncertainty and upheaval accompany the arrival of a brash new medical doctor and his promises of progress and fast, painless childbirth. In a clash between tradition and science, Dora finds herself fighting to protect the rights of women as well as the wisdom that has been put into her care.

About the Author

Ami McKay's work has aired on various Canadian radio programs. Her documentary, Daughter of Family G, won an Excellence in Journalism Medallion at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards. Originally from Indiana, she now lives with her family in a former birth house in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia.

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Jena, August 12, 2012 (view all comments by Jena)
It's been over two years since I read this book, and I still think of it often. I've also recommended it to many people. Very interesting especially if you're pregnant and(/or) have been reading books like Your Best Birth or Ina May Gaskin's Birth Matters.
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cmckella, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by cmckella)
evocative of a particular time and place and way of life. informative and enjoyable.
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Julie Miller, January 2, 2009 (view all comments by Julie Miller)
An easy read--maybe a little too easy. Although the subject matter is compelling, the characters are a bit too 'black & white.' We don't know what they're really thinking.

For such a complex subject as science intruding on tradition McKay paints the man of science as mostly evil, while the midwives are painted as mostly good or superior to the medical profession.

I enjoyed the portrait of Miss B., the older midwife who passes down her teachings to Dora, as well as the Nova Scotia setting, but the characterizations could have been more complex.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061135873
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mckay, Ami
Author:
Ami McKay
Author:
by Ami McKay
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Midwives
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Midwives - Nova Scotia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20071009
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x1.01 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, this story of a Nova Scotia midwife is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.
"Synopsis" by , An arresting portrait of the struggles that women faced for control of their own bodies, The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare—the first daughter in five generations of Rares.

As apprentice to the outspoken Acadian midwife Miss Babineau, Dora learns to assist the women of an isolated Nova Scotian village through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies, and unfulfilling sex lives. During the turbulent World War I era, uncertainty and upheaval accompany the arrival of a brash new medical doctor and his promises of progress and fast, painless childbirth. In a clash between tradition and science, Dora finds herself fighting to protect the rights of women as well as the wisdom that has been put into her care.

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