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The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)
by Ami McKay

Published: 2007-10-09
Paperback : 416 pages
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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 ...

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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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  "Story of women's issues early 20th century"by Terrylou2 (see profile) 03/21/15

An informative tale of midwifery and other issues pertaining to women in Nova Scotia in the early 1900's. Well written and well developed characters. A thoroughly entertaining and educational novel.

 
  "Good"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 11/03/14

There were parts of this book I really liked, the strength in the women, the attitude of sex from both men and women in the early 1900's and the newspaper ads the author shared. However, I didn't feel... (read more)

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