Saturday, July 29, 2006

Now Reading: The Birth House by Ami McKay

Just opened a new book - The Birth House by Ami McKay. I figured that I should probably try and read this one before I give birth. From the publisher:

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.

It's a story set in Canada, something unusual for me to be reading, even if I am Canadian. Surprisingly the book as 151 reviews on and is still rated a five. I can't wait to go to bed tonight so I can read it!


thordora said...

I was thinking of picking that up-do tell how it is when you're done (if the baby doesn't interfere!)

Serenity Now! said...

It's very good! I highly recommend it, even my midwife liked it! It's obvious that the writer did a great deal of research.