The Birth HouseBook - 2006 | First edition
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Set during World War I in Nova Scotia, this bestseller follows Dora Rare, a midwife finding her way in the centuries-old treatment of woman, and her clash with the new doctor in town.
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Set during World War I in Acadia, this bestseller follows Dora Rare, a midwife finding her way in the centuries-old treatment of woman, and her clash with the new doctor in town.
vpl_booksjustforyou Dec 15, 2015
In an isolated Nova Scotia rural community, Dora Rare learns the midwifery trade from the local midwife, and together they offer the local women the gift of healing. But the arrival of Dr. Gilbert Thomas and his promise of modern medicine and painless childbirth causes some women to question the ... Read More »
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The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House 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.
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Mother works and prays too hard to have anyone but those with the cruellest of tongues doubt her devotion to my father. When there's no good explanation for something, people of the Bay find it easier to believe in mermaids and moss babies, to call it witchery and be done with it.
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