Patricia Harman
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Patricia Harman

Patricia Harman has spent over thirty years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife in teaching hospitals and in a community hospital birthing center.

She spent over a decade in the sixties and seventies in her wild youth living in rural communes in Washington (Tolstoy Farm), Connecticut (The Committee for Non-Violent Action) and Minnesota (Free Folk). During the Vietnam years, she and her husband, Tom Harman, traveled the country, often hitch-hiking, as they looked for a place to settle. In 1974 they purchased a farm with a group of like-minded friends on top of a ridge in Roane County, West Virginia. Here on the commune, they built log houses, dug a pond, grew and preserved their own food and started the Growing Tree Natural Foods Cooperative.

It was during this time that Patsy attended her first home birth, more or less by accident. "Some people are destined," she has written. "I was staying at a woman friend's commune when she went into labor and I ended up delivering my first baby." Soon after, Harman traveled to Austin, Texas to train with a collective of home-birth midwives. When she returned, she became one of the founding members of The West Virginia Cooperative of Midwives. Her passion for caring for women and babies led her to become an RN as the first step in getting licensed as certified nurse midwife. In 1985, with her children, a yowling cat and her husband she traveled north, pulling a broken down trailer to begin her training at the University of Minnesota where she received her MSN in Nurse-Midwifery.


Patricia Harman still lives and works with her husband, Ob/Gyn Thomas Harman, in West Virginia.. Though she no longer attends births, she provides care for women in early pregnancy and through-out the life span. She brings to this work the same dedication and compassion she brought to obstetrics.

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    • The Midwife of Hope River

    • A Novel of an American Midwife
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Anne Wittman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world....

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    • Amazing

    • By Derek on 08-25-16

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    • The Reluctant Midwife

    • A Hope River Novel
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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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....

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    • Slow Storytelling Underwhelms

    • By Sara on 04-05-15

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    • The Runaway Midwife

    • A Novel
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
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    Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients, and calming fathers to be as they anxiously await the births of their children....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Give it time!

    • By Kathlene A. Larson on 09-25-18

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    • Once a Midwife

    • A Hope River Novel
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    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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    The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war...and it can only be a matter of time before the US enters the fray....

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    • The Blue Cotton Gown

    • A Midwife’s Memoir
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
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    Heather is pale and thin, seventeen and pregnant with twins when Patricia Harman begins to care for her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hope, Heartbreak, Compassion

    • By Susie on 10-16-13

    Regular price: $19.95

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