The memoir of Britain's best-known independent midwife - the story of how she became a midwife and what it means to her, and her memories of the births she has attended.
Virginia Howes was a mother of four doing the ironing when she had a revelation. Still broody, but not really wanting to add to her family, she realised that becoming a midwife was her true vocation. It was a long journey to get the education and qualifications she needed, especially with a young family, but she was determined and never doubted her decision. Following her training, she spent three years working within the NHS, but her naturally independent spirit fought against the constraints of the system and 12 years ago she decided to set up on her own. Virginia works with mothers who want to give birth at home naturally, something which Virginia believes in passionately. 350 births later, Virginia still loves what she does.
The Baby's Coming tells the stories of her training as a midwife as well as some of the most memorable of those 350 births: the most dramatic, the most touching. Virginia particularly remembers the births of her own grandchildren whose arrivals in the world were some of the most special moments for her as both a midwife and grandmother.
©2014 Emma Hannigan (P)2014 Headline Digital
I enjoyed the comparisons of midwifery over the years, and Virginia's journey was fascinating reading...
But I couldn't get past the egoism. "Every time *I* asked about the wisdom of this treatment, I kept being told no." "I do this because I was treated this way and I didn't like it." Perhaps it's the delivery, but it drives me crazy!
The narrator was beautiful! I will read more of her books as soon as I sarch for them.
"I wish I had know then ...."
I have enjoyed Virginia Howel's book immensely. It took me right back to my own experience with childbirth in 1980. The way V.H tell's you about childbirth on the NHS during that period of time made me realize that we had the same kind of experience but then I was not aware that I actually had a say in the matter. I just went with the flow and things happened around me that I was not aware of. Virginia's views on home births and the way she helps women and ease their stress is just amazing. It makes so much sense and I hope that I can persuade my own daughter to a home birth with the aid of an amazing midwife when the time comes. The book captured my attention and my heart from start to finish.
Virginia is my favorite. My heroine :-)
The narration was fabulous and it gives the book so much character. JM managed to portray so many voices. The only glitch I can think of was the turkish accent. That sounded very eastern european to me!
Yes I would have love to listen in one sitting.. Even though the book is about births not two is ever the same. It never becomes boring.
I highly recommend The baby's coming :-)
Absolutely loved this book! A real insight to what an independent midwife does. Would definitely recommend :)
Excellent If I wasn't 58 I would've been tempted to book Virginia!!!!!
Good inspiration for expectant mums.
Would recommend Easy listening
"Couldn't finish. Narrator was so sanctimonious!"
A different narrator. Her voice was grating and they way she read the story made Virginia come across as very self-righteous and finger pointing, to the point where I started to dislike her and feel sorry the the three husbands and counting that she had ditched!
To have kept it briefer.
The narrators voice was grating.
I would not recommend.
"Smug, self-satisfied and technically flawed."
There are 3 things that disappointed me:
1 the writing is poor - first person is a difficult style - there is no panache here only ego
2 the narrator adds an extra smug mumsiness to an already self-absorbed story
3 the midwifery described is always incomplete, often wrong and potentially dangerous
She could have given it to a midwife to edit.
I wouldn't have passed it for recording.
The central character
I got this book as inspiration for my wife who is considering her career options after 35 years as an NHS midwife - we were going to listen together - we managed the foreword and the first chapter. We didn't have the stomach to go further.
"Brillant shows true maternity services"
Coming from a student midwife
This was a brilliant story filled with hope and truth about maternity services, I really enjoyed this book and learnt some things to. Would highly recommend to everyone.
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