Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
The Birth House (original 2006; edition 2007)
by Ami McKay
Compact | Rate recommendations
References to this work on external resources.
Wikipedia in English
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061135879, Paperback)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:54 -0400)
The first daughter in five generations of her Nova Scotia family, Dora Rare becomes an apprentice to a gifted midwife and storyteller before their home is threatened by the arrival of a brash medical doctor who promises sterile and painless births.
(summary from another edition)