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Monday, September 14, 2009

Book report: Baby Catcher

Vincent, Peggy. Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

My score

My review

Peggy was a Berkeley midwife for nearly three decades. In these memoirs, she picks out the funniest, saddest, and most memorable births she has had the privilege of catching. Wittily written (sometimes too much so), this book is light-hearted and engaging. Peggy reminisces about her early days as a L&D nurse, about her carpool rides to midwifery school with a "real hippie," about the cat that attacked her all through her delivery of a particular baby, about the goose she kicked in rage.

Peggy's career hit an untimely end. There was an unfortunate incident with a prolapsed cord and insurance settlement that put her out of business. (Yet another testament to the faulty insurance practices here in the US).

Nonetheless, Peggy's positive attitude prevails. She never loses her sense of humor and her ability to laugh at herself. It seems like Berkeley has really turned the midwestern gal in her Zen.

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