Midwives play a vital role in supporting women through some of the most challenging and rewarding moments of their lives. These remarkable professionals watch over births across Australia and this inspiring collection features stories from the remote outback to busy urban hospitals. From homebirth midwives, to rural and remote island nurses, to midwifery educators and clinical midwifery consultants, these stories are brimming with warmth, hope, heartbreak and courage.
Some of you may know Fiona McArthur for her medical inspired romance and rural romance novels, but she is a trained nurse and midwife herself. She is also the author of two non-fiction books for expectant mothers and a Mum to five boys too, so can speak from experience!
This book was so interesting to read; Fiona shares stories of real Australian midwives who work in sometimes unbelievable circumstances and conditions. There are stories about midwives who work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service who fly in and out to deliver babies - sometimes on the plane! There are also stories of midwives who work in remote areas with the indigenous community and island community, while respecting their cultural traditions. There is also a story about a male midwife (or should he be midhusband?) and trainee midwives who are 'thrown in at the deep end'. These midwives have incredible stories to share as they deal with different challenges, joys and heartbreaks - just like the mothers and families they serve. A very enjoyable read.