Synopses & Reviews
"Sisters on a Journey makes these astonishing women real, in all their diversity, in all their glory". -- Barbara Katz Rothman, author of Recreating Motherhood and In Labor.
Sisters on a journey is a moving collection of twenty seven profiles -- interviews and photographs -- of contemporary American midwives. These extraordinary women speak with unusual frankness about what brought them to midwifery, what they see as their greatest challenges and rewards, their recollections of their first home births, and their thoughts about the place of midwives in (or out) of the American health care system.
Midwifery in North America has had a long and volatile history. Persecuted by the medical establishment for centuries, midwives have long had to suffer for their craft. Not only have external forces threatened the stability of the profession; internal conflicts too have helped to push midwifery close to the edge of extinction. Midwives are a diverse group. Ranging from the original midwives who learned their skills from their mothers and grandmothers, to the independent midwives who of the 1970s who worked to give women an alternative to hospital birth, to the certified nurse-midwives who have extensive formal training, midwives have as many differences between them as they do similarities.
This book celebrates midwives from very different ethnic, religious, and ideological backgrounds -- in all of their richness and diversity. Chester presents a community of voices of women who share a commitment to other women and who strive together to ensure for a practice with such a long history, a successful and vibrant future.
-- Narrative and photographic portraits of twenty-five midwives fromdiverse backgrounds.
-- Describes and analyzes current debates among midwives.