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Midwives' Tales


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Lesley Barclay was Director at the Centre for Family Health and Midwifery at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, when this book was written. Fulisia Alavao is the head of the Faculty of Nursing at the National University of Samoa. Jennifer Fenwick is Associate Professor at Curtin University and the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Perth, Western Australia. Kaisarina Tooloa, is the senior nurse midwife in Samoa and has a BN she completed in her own country through external study. She lives in the village with her extended family.


The narratives in the book took me on a journey that I personally found very exciting, pulling me into birth in Samoa from the perspective of traditional midwives and professional midwives, until I began to understand that they are collectively creating a birth model that really works as their collaborations and mutual understandings increase.
--Robbie Davis-Floyd, author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage
This collection of stories provides an illuminating portrait of the lives of Samoan nurse-midwives as they reconsider the practices and character of their profession. The stories are particularly interesting for their depiction of the tensions between the Western-influenced biomedical model of nursing and the traditional model of the social or community midwife.
--Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto and author of Blessed Events: Religion and Home Birth in America

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