In More Than A Midwife, veteran midwife Mary Sommers shares stories of glory, grace and joy, as well as heartbreak and tragedy, experienced through her 20-plus years of working with mothers and their infants. Mary has attended and assisted at more than 1,000 births in the United States, Mexico, Africa, and Europe....
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More Than a Midwife Reviews
More Than a Midwife is a thoroughly delightful little volume by experienced and resourceful midwife, Mary Sommers. One of the things that makes the book particularly distinctive is the impressive diversity of Mary’s work experience. The book includes stories from her work as a midwife in urban Chicago as well as in Africa and Mexico. As always, glimpsing the dire situations facing birthing women cross-culturally is a sobering reminder of the immense challenges international midwives face with few physical resources—they accomplish an amazing level of care with only their heads, hands, and hearts.Each story shared in the book is selected with care and has an important message to share. The stories are about unique women and their unique births and what Mary (and the reader) can learn from them. From empowering and exhilarating, to difficult and heartbreaking, particularly notable are the stories that remind us all to treat every woman with dignity and respect, regardless of her life’s circumstances or choices. Mary is clearly a midwife who loves women and birth and practices with sensitivity, respect, and positive regard.More Than a Midwife is a slim paperback. It is nice size to hold easily and the stories are short and easy to read in small chunks of free time. It is occasionally erratic in the organization/flow of a story and in a few of them I had to re-read segments to understand chronology. However, this was a negligible issue in the context of this thoroughly enjoyable small book.Mary Sommers has written a true gem of a book. I feel honored to have read More Than a Midwife and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in birth, homebirth, midwifery, or women’s health. Most excellent!–Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes.
More than a Midwife offers an awe-inspiring and inspirational look into the professional experiences of a Chicago-based midwife, Mary Sommers. The book is organized as a series of vignettes. Mary relays these individual birth stories in such a compassionate, honest, and lovely way. Before reading this book I had never considered having a midwife or doula present at the birth of my own future children; however, More than a Midwife has really educated me about different options available to a mother giving birth. The book has revealed the skill and wisdom that these women can offer to a mother in labor and how their presence can enrich the birth experience. Five stars!