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The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir

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Heather is pale and thin, seventeen and pregnant with twins when Patricia Harman begins to care for her. Over the course of the next five seasons Patsy will see Heather through the loss of both babies and their father. She will also care for her longtime patient Nila, pregnant for the eighth time and trying to make a new life without her abusive husband. And Patsy will try to find some comfort to offer Holly, whose teenage daughter struggles with bulimia. She will help Rebba learn to find pleasure in her body and help Kaz transition into a new body. She will do noisy battle with the IRS in the very few moments she has to spare, and wage her own private battle with uterine cancer.

Patricia Harman, a nurse-midwife, manages a women's health clinic with her husband, Tom, an ob-gyn, in West Virginia-a practice where patients open their hearts, where they find care and sometimes refuge. Patsy's memoir juxtaposes the tales of these women with her own story of keeping a small medical practice solvent and coping with personal challenges. Her patients range from Appalachian mothers who haven't had the opportunity to attend secondary school to Ph.D.'s on cell phones. They come to Patsy's small, windowless exam room and sit covered only by blue cotton gowns, and their infinitely varied stories are in equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting. The nurse-midwife tells of their lives over the course of a year and a quarter, a time when her outwardly successful practice is in deep financial trouble, when she is coping with malpractice threats, confronting her own serious medical problems, and fearing that her thirty-year marriage may be on the verge of collapse. In the words of Jacqueline Mitchard, this memoir, "utterly true and lyrical as any novel . . . should be a little classic."

Synopsis:

A nurse midwife struggling to keep solvent the women's health clinic in Torrington, West Virginia . . . shares poignant stories about her patients over the course of a year. "Publishers Weekly"

Synopsis:

Harman offers her personal and professional trials she experienced as a nurse-midwife, as well as the intimate stories of her patients. "Nobody writes with more candor and compassion about women's woes and women's triumphs than nurse-midwife Patricia Harman.--Sara Pritchard.

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About the Author

Patricia Harman, CNM, has published in The Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health and The Journal of Sigma Theta Tau for Nursing Scholarship as well as alternative publications. She is a regular presenter at national midwifery conferences. Harman got her start as a lay-midwife on the rural communes where she lived in the '60s and '70s, going on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She lives and works near Morgantown, West Virginia, and has three sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807072899
Subtitle:
A Midwife's Memoir
Author:
Harman, Patricia
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Midwives
Subject:
Midwifery
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Harman, Patricia
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 in 1.125 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A nurse midwife struggling to keep solvent the women's health clinic in Torrington, West Virginia . . . shares poignant stories about her patients over the course of a year. "Publishers Weekly"
"Synopsis" by , Harman offers her personal and professional trials she experienced as a nurse-midwife, as well as the intimate stories of her patients. "Nobody writes with more candor and compassion about women's woes and women's triumphs than nurse-midwife Patricia Harman.--Sara Pritchard.
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