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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times | Jennifer Worth

    Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
  • The Midwife's Revolt | Jodi Daynard

    The Midwife's Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Daynard
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

    Amazon Customer says: "loved ir! at first I was leary, I thought it was"
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3 | Jennifer Worth

    Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Jan says: "Hated to see it end..."
  • Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2 | Jennifer Worth

    Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

    Jan says: "Nice followup to "Call The Midwife""
  • The Midwife's Confession | Diane Chamberlain

    The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
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    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Simone says: "Another great book by Diane Chamberlain!"
  • The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel | Patricia Harman

    The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
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    The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend, Patience Murphy.

    Sara says: "Slow Storytelling Underwhelms"
  • The Secrets of Midwives | Sally Hepworth

    The Secrets of Midwives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sally Hepworth
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
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    Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy - including the identity of the baby's father - hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother Grace finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship.

    Klara says: "very believable characters"
  • The Midwife | Jolina Petersheim

    The Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jolina Petersheim
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents' decision to end the pregnancy - and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.

    Kathi says: "Very touching story"
  • Midwives | Chris Bohjalian

    Midwives

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
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    The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.

    Patti says: "Why Abridged"
  • The Midwife's Apprentice | Karen Cushman

    The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Sher from Provo says: "A good morality tale for young people"
  • The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir | Patricia Harman

    The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
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    Heather is pale and thin, seventeen and pregnant with twins when Patricia Harman begins to care for her. Over the course of the next five seasons Patsy will see Heather through the loss of both babies and their father. She will also care for her longtime patient Nila, pregnant for the eighth time and trying to make a new life without her abusive husband. And Patsy will try to find some comfort to offer Holly, whose teenage daughter struggles with bulimia. She will help Rebba learn to find pleasure in her body and help Kaz transition into a new body.

    Daryl says: "Timeless, introspective, enlightening"
  • The Midwife of Venice | Roberta Rich

    The Midwife of Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Roberta Rich
    • Narrated By Antoinette LaVecchia
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    Roberta Rich burst onto the literary scene with this fascinating tale of intrigue set in 16th-century Venice. Working in the Venetian ghetto, midwife Hannah Levi has developed a gift for aiding desperate mothers. When a wealthy count seeks her help in the delivery of his first son, she sees an opportunity to earn the money needed to free her imprisoned husband. But with a papal edict forbidding Jews from providing medical aid to Christians, Hannah is torn between duty and the law - and her choice will put her in the middle of a dangerous conflict.

    Melissa says: "Wanted More Complexity from the Story and Narratio"
  • Outback Midwife | Beth McRae

    Outback Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Beth McRae
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
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    Call the Midwife meets In the Middle of Nowhere in this heartwarming memoir of an adventurous Aussie midwife’s life ‘catching babies’. Outback Midwife is the story of Beth McRae’s 40 years as a midwife, from her terrifying first day witnessing a birth as a naïve student nurse to her training as a midwife - the days when the words ‘birth plan’ were unheard of and what women wanted was a long way from being part of any plan - to the outback.

  • The Witch Hunter's Tale | Sam Thomas

    The Witch Hunter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sam Thomas
    • Narrated By Leila Birch
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    Winter has come to the city of York, and with it the threat of witchcraft. As women and children sicken and die, midwife Bridget Hodgson is pulled against her will into a full-scale witch-hunt that threatens to devour all in its path, guilty and innocent alike. Bridget - accompanied once again by her deputy Martha Hawkins and her nephew Will Hodgson - finds herself playing a lethal game of cat and mouse against the most dangerous men in York, as well as her sworn enemy Rebecca Hooke.

    CB says: "I enjoyed it."
  • The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery | Sam Thomas

    The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sam Thomas
    • Narrated By Leila Birch
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    It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

    Cornelia says: "Excellent First Novel!"
  • The Harlot's Tale: Midwife Mysteries, Book 2 | Sam Thomas

    The Harlot's Tale: Midwife Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sam Thomas
    • Narrated By Leila Birch
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    It is August, 1645, one year since York fell into Puritan hands. As the city suffers through a brutal summer heat, Bridget Hodgson and Martha Hawkins are drawn into a murder investigation more frightening than their last. In order to appease God’s wrath—and end the heat-wave—the city’s overlords have launched a brutal campaign to whip the city’s sinners into godliness. But for someone in York, this is not enough. First a prostitute and her client are found stabbed to death, then a pair of adulterers are beaten and strangled.

  • Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives | Michael Bond

    Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Bond
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Having delivered a particularly stirring speech at his recently deceased colleague's funeral, Monsieur Pamplemousse is more than a little disturbed when the coffin explodes during the ceremony. Luckily, his faithful hound Pommes Frites gave out a warning cry just in time, so there were no casualties. But, who exactly is behind this explosion? And was the same person responsible for his late co-worker's demise?

  • Letters to the Midwife | Jennifer Worth

    Letters to the Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson, Clive Mantle
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    When the Call The Midwife series became bestsellers Jennifer Worth received mountains of letters - not only praising her books, but also from people who remembered the world her books described; life in the east end of London during the late 1940s and early 50s. Often her books touched her readers and they felt moved to write, or they wanted to share their own memories.

  • How to Find a Midwife and Doula: In the Pursuit of a More Natural Childbirth Experience | Petra Ortiz,Keith Roberts,Kelly Burnett,Cathy Matthews,McKenna Keys,Sean Hill,Elaine Petrone

    How to Find a Midwife and Doula: In the Pursuit of a More Natural Childbirth Experience

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Petra Ortiz, Keith Roberts, Kelly Burnett, and others
    • Narrated By Sherill Turner
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    In this book, you will learn what a Midwife is, and what a Doula is - and more importantly, what they can do for you, how they can support you, and how to locate either or both to discuss your pursuit of a natural childbirth. You will learn what to expect from a Midwife or Doula during the prenatal, labor, delivery, and postpartum stages of your pregnancy. The reason I wrote this book was because I wanted to provide a way for pregnant individuals (or couples) who are considering natural childbirth options.

  • Montana Midwife | Cassie Miles

    Montana Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassie Miles
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
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    Rushing to the aid of a pregnant woman, midwife Tab Willows arrives at the grisly scene of a murder. Then sexy Aiden Gabriel lands his rescue chopper and Tab comes face-to-face with her secret teenage crush - and he's only gotten better with age. Aiden had been unaware that Tab was back in town…and more stunning than ever. The half-Crow beauty has always been a mystery, but she can't hide her fear upon learning a serial killer is loose in the mountains of Montana. Insisting she move to his ranch while the investigation intensifies, Aiden suddenly finds his home isn't big enough.

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