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Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey

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A midwife’s memoir of living free and naturally against all odds

In her first, highly praised memoir, Patricia Harman told us the stories that patients brought into her exam room, and of her own story of struggling to help women as a nurse-midwife in medical practice with her husband, an OB/GYN, in Appalachia. In this new book, Patsy reaches back to tell us how she first learned to deliver babies, and digs even deeper down to tell us of her youthful experiments in living a fully sustainable and natural life.

Drawing heavily on her journals, Patsy goes back to a time of counterculture idealism. She opens with stories of living in the wilds of Minnesota, in a log cabin she and her lover build with their own hands, with the only running water being the nearby streams. They set up beehives and give chase to a bear competing for the honey. Patsy gives birth and learns to help her friends deliver as naturally as possible. She moves on to a commune in West Virginia, where she becomes a self-taught midwife, delivering babies in cabins and homes. But she wants to be able to help more, to do more. And so, after a ten-year sojourn for professional training, Patsy and her husband, Tom, return to Appalachia as nurse-midwife and physician and set up a women’s health practice.

Patsy’s memoir will be especially embraced by anyone who lived through the Vietnam War and commune eras, and by all those involved in the natural childbirth movement.

Synopsis:

Recounts how the author learned to deliver babies and her experiences in rural communes, political activism, and urban counterculture in the 1970s.

About the Author

Patricia Harman, CNM, has published frequently in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. The Blue Cotton Gown (Beacon / 7291-2 / $16.00 pb) was published in 2008. Harman and her husband, Tom, run a women’s health clinic near Morgantown, West Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001394
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Author:
Harman, Patricia
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Women's Health - General
Subject:
Midwifery
Subject:
Harman, Patricia
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Health & Fitness : Women's Health - General
Subject:
Medical : Gynecology & Obstetrics
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Medical - General
Subject:
Medical : Nursing - Maternity, Perinatal, Women's Health
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Pregnancy and Birth
Subject:
Feminist Studies-Work
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
April 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Medical
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Nursing
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Womens Health

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