This book is surprising. One expects it to be a paean to midwifery, which it certainly is, but it's so much more. First-time writer Mulhahn chronicles her fascinating spiritual journey, describing in detail her formal training and expertise gained as a nurse in hospital OB/GYN units. This experience confirmed her interest in midwifery and led to her practice of it. Mothers-to-be will be held spellbound, but fans of spiritual memoir and insider health-care accounts will learn a thing or two as well.-LM Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"This book is surprising. Mothers-to-be will be held spellbound, but fans of spiritual memoir and insider health-care accounts will learn a thing or two as well." --Library Journal, starred review"A practicing certified nurse-midwife in New York for more than a dozen years, [Cara Muhlhahn] has the battle scars to prove it, in the form of piles of paid and unpaid parking tickets as well as enough emotional dings to give her plainspeaking single mom's memoir an edge." --Booklist"It's easy to like Muhlhahn; she bursts through the page as an authentic, exuberant person." --Mothering.com"Cara Muhlhahn is at the forefront of a growing trend of at-home births in New York City...[Labor of Love] recounts her colorful past--from vagabonding in the South of France to an eye-opening journey to Morocco--and some of her most harrowing deliveries. But ultimately, for Muhlhahn, it's about more than home birth. "My allegiance is to women and choice," she said, "and not being sold down the river into circumstances they're going to regret. That's my bottom line." --The Villager, 12/3/08..".I was "totally fascinated" when I heard about the new book Labor of Love. Written by a midwife, the memoir is all about women who have home births--meaning, they have their babies at home... I love the book. It's fascinating." --Glamour.com Smitten Blog"In addition to singing the praises of women's childbirth wisdom in an accurate and compelling way, "Labor of Love" is also an incredibly good read! Makes me want to stand up and shout, 'Yes! Right on, sister!'" --Christiane Northrup, MD, author of "Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, "and" Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom""Reading this book comes second only to the moving experience of having Cara deliver your baby. Candid, funny, passionate, exhilarating, and occasionally heartbreaking, this story will undoubtedly speak to readers interested in the unsung superheroism of midwives. But it will also appeal to anyone who ha