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    Available in PDF Format | Midwives.pdf | English
    Chris Bohjalian(Author)
On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency caesarean section on a mother she believes has died of a stroke. But what if Sibyl's patient wasn't dead - and Sibyl inadvertently killed her? As Sibyl faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.

Midwives, Chris Bohjalian's fifth novel, is the story ofSibyl Danforth, alay midwife in rural Vermont, and her daughter, Connie. The nexus ofthis cautionary tale isan emergency Caesarean section Sibyl performs during a home birth thatgoes disastrouslywrong. Believing the mother is already dead from a stroke, Sibyloperates and later findsherself on trial for killing the woman. The compelling story of hertrial and its aftermathcomes to us from Connie, who believes "this is my story, too." In fact,Connie's reaction toher mother's ordeal is to go to medical school and become anobstetrician. The book raisesprovocative issues about medical ethics and the limits of risk. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Chris Bohjalian(Author)
  • Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • English
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  • By Dr. J. S. E. Sullivan-lyons on 8 November 2006

    One of the best books I have read in years. Gripping throughout, accessible, and well written. reasonably short, so you do not need to invest a month of your life finding out what happens. Unexpected ending, but perfect. Read and enjoy!

  • By ELI (Italy) on 12 June 2007

    A very entertaining book, speaking of a series of difficult decisions to be taken in a split second and against a further series of negative circumstances surrounding the problematic birth of a baby, delivered by an experienced midwife during a snowy night in rural Vermont. When things deteriorate, Sibyl, the midwife, has to take a crucial decision which will then lead to a lawsuit.This book certainly makes you think about how everything can go wrong if adverse fate interferes, but not only. It also gives rise to a crucial question regarding the choice between childbirth taking place in the serenity of a home or at a hospital, where everything would be "colder" but most risks could be kept at bay.With all due respect, I must admit I was really impressed that the author of this book is a male, as everything is recounted with such feminine accuracy. Well done, truly well done. A book to be remembered. I still do and I've read it at least five years ago!

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