Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart, A Midwife's Saga [NOOK Book]

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Often laugh-out-loud funny and irreverent, occassionally disturbing and deeply sorrowful, LADY'S HANDS, LION'S HEART is the saga of Ms. Leonard's fated journey as a young midwife. Her story intertwines three threads: her dedication to the mothers and babies she was groomed to attend; the growing renaissance, despite formidable opposition, of the profession of midwifery in New Hampshire and then in the United States; and finally, a powerful, ...
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Often laugh-out-loud funny and irreverent, occassionally disturbing and deeply sorrowful, LADY'S HANDS, LION'S HEART is the saga of Ms. Leonard's fated journey as a young midwife. Her story intertwines three threads: her dedication to the mothers and babies she was groomed to attend; the growing renaissance, despite formidable opposition, of the profession of midwifery in New Hampshire and then in the United States; and finally, a powerful, tragic love story.

"Carol Leonard's memoir of becoming a midwife in the mid-1970s overflows with her gifts as a storyteller as well as intuitive midwife. Inspiring, often hilarious, always touching and full of beans, she takes us through her apprenticeship, the politics of the U.S. midwifery movement and her own personal story of love, loss and deep dedication to women's health. She's my kind of midwife!"
~Ina May Gaskin, author of SPIRITUAL MIDWIFERY
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Pamela Victor
Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart has it all. It’s part memoir, part American history, part textbook, part spiritual journey, part love story. Carol Leonard relays her life story as a midwife, a mother, a wife and a health care activist from 1975 (the year her son was born) to 1987 (the year of her deepest, darkest time.) The yarn that winds seamlessly thorough this book is the moment of birth. As a midwife, she has delivered 1200 babies safely in the comfort of their own homes.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011917462
  • Publisher: Bad Beaver Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 200,245
  • File size: 349 KB

Meet the Author

CAROL LEONARD, a "foremother of the modern midwifery movement," is a NH Certified Midwife who has been practicing for the last three decades. She is co-founder of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) representing all midwives in the US, Canada and Mexico, serving one term as President. Her work to improve maternity care in Moscow, USSR, was features on 20/20 and was written into Congressional Record. She is currently building a 400 acre farm in Ellsworth, Maine named Bad Beaver Farm.
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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Feathered Quill Book Review ~ Biography/Memoir

    LADY'S HANDS, LION'S HEART has it all. It's part memoir, part American history, part textbook, part spiritual journey, part love story. Carol Leonard relays her life story as a midwife, a mother, a wife and a health care activist from 1975 (the year her son was born) to 1987 (the year of her deepest, darkest time.) The yarn that winds seamlessly thorough this book is the moment of birth. As a midwife who has delivered hundreds of babies, Carol Leonard tells the best birth stories! By their very nature, birth stories are the ultimate adventure tales, full of fraught emotion and drama that would make any Hollywood producer envious. Danger, romance, mystery, comedy and sometimes, sadly, tragedy - Leonard's stories will keep you turning the pages with anticipation.
    Carol Leonard is an outstanding midwife, in addition, she is an accomplished writer. She has a keen ability to tell a story cleanly with just the right amount of detail, humor and intrigue. Each chapter contains a nice mix of personal narrative, midwifery history, and many splendid and suspenseful birth stories. Leonard applies an unflinching truthfulness to the telling as she bravely shines a cold, hard light into her past, warts-and-all. Leonard reveals her finest achievements as well as her heart-wrenching mistakes in a devastatingly honest, heroic manner.
    Did I mention she is really funny too? Leonard has a charming ability to laugh at herself and the outlandish foibles she gets herself into in a manner that feels like she's giving the reader a little, knowing wink. Like the time she delivered an unexpected Halloween baby while she was dressed in a stork costume. Or the time one mother decided the best place to deliver her baby was balanced like a gymnast between her washer and dryer in the laundry room. Always willing to accommodate the needs of the mother, Leonard caught the baby while wedged between the two appliances. She writes, "I am trying my best in these cramped quarters to guide the baby out. The amniotic fluid is dripping on my head. Dryer lint is sticking in my wet hair. I am covered, head to toe, with fuzz balls. When I finally stand up, I look like a gray Yeti."
    Carol Leonard is a remarkable woman. Her enormous dedication to the physical and emotional health of women and babies is profound and admirable. Whether directly or indirectly, Carol Leonard had a hand in the shaping of the way all women are treated by their health care workers during their labor and delivery to this day, whether in hospitals or at home. Most readers will learn a lot from this book about the evolution of child birth in the mid- to late-1900's, and they may gain an appreciation for the herculean efforts of pioneers like Leonard.
    All women should be grateful there are crazy, wonderful, wise women like Carol Leonard in this world.
    Quill says: Adventure, mystery, history, comedy, romance, tragedy - this midwife's memoir has it all!
    For more information on Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart, please visit the author's website at: Bad Beaver Publishing

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    A remarkable book/a remarkable woman

    Lady¿s Hands, Lion¿s Heart has it all. It¿s part memoir, part American history, part textbook, part spiritual journey, part love story. Carol Leonard relays her life story as a midwife, a mother, a wife and a health care activist from 1975 (the year her son was born) to 1987 (the year of her deepest, darkest time.) The yarn that winds seamlessly thorough this book is the moment of birth. As a midwife who has delivered hundreds of babies, Carol Leonard tells the best birth stories! By their very nature, birth stories are the ultimate adventure tales, full of fraught emotion and drama that would make any Hollywood producer envious. Danger, romance, mystery, comedy and sometimes, sadly, tragedy ¿ Leonard¿s stories will keep you turning the pages with anticipation.<BR/><BR/>Carol Leonard is an outstanding midwife, in addition, she is an accomplished writer. She has a keen ability to tell a story cleanly with just the right amount of detail, humor and intrigue. Each chapter contains a nice mix of personal narrative, midwife history, and many splendid and suspenseful birth stories. Leonard applies an unflinching truthfulness to the telling as she bravely shines a cold, hard light into her past, warts-and-all. Leonard reveals her finest achievements as well as her heart-wrenching mistakes in a devastatingly honest, heroic manner.<BR/><BR/>Did I mention she is really funny too? Leonard has a charming ability to laugh at herself and the outlandish foibles she gets herself into in a manner that feels like she¿s giving the reader a little, knowing wink. Like the time she delivered an unexpected Halloween baby while she was dressed in a stork costume. Or the time one mother decided the best place to deliver her baby was balanced like a gymnast between her washer and dryer in the laundry room. Always willing to accommodate the needs of the mother, Leonard caught the baby while wedged between the two appliances. She writes, ¿I am trying my best in these cramped quarters to guide the baby out. The amniotic fluid is dripping on my head. Dryer lint is sticking in my wet hair. I am covered, head to toe, with fuzz balls. When I finally stand up, I look like a gray Yeti.¿<BR/><BR/>Carol Leonard is a remarkable woman. Her enormous dedication to the physical and emotional health of women and babies is profound and admirable. Whether directly or indirectly, Carol Leonard had a hand in the shaping of the way all women are treated by their health care workers during their labor and delivery to this day, whether in hospitals or at home. Most readers will learn a lot from this book about the evolution of child birth in the mid- to late-1900¿s, and they may gain an appreciation for the herculean efforts of pioneers like Leonard.<BR/><BR/>Not only does she reveal her personal and professional life, but Carol Leonard shares her spiritual journey as well. If you are put off by granola-head Earth Mothers, then you might not connect with her. But if you are on her wavelength then you will be broadened by her attunement to the universe. She is intuitive to the point of a mystic with an unfailing sixth sense that she learns to trust more and more as her story unfolds. Her ability to trust her inner guide stands out as a take-away lesson to us all.<BR/>Quill says: Adventure, mystery, history, comedy, romance, tragedy ¿ this midwife¿s memoir has it all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2009

    A TRUE PAGE TURNER!

    © 2008 Feathered Quill Book Reviews. All rights reserved.<BR/>Biographies/Memoirs<BR/>Lady¿s Hands, Lion¿s Heart: A Midwife¿s Saga <BR/>By: Carol Leonard <BR/>Publisher: Bad Beaver Publishing <BR/>Publication Date: 2008 <BR/>ISBN: 978-0-615-19550-6 <BR/>Reviewed by: Pamela Victor <BR/>Review Date: January 2009 <BR/>Lady¿s Hands, Lion¿s Heart has it all. It¿s part memoir, part American history, part textbook, part spiritual journey, part love story. Carol Leonard relays her life story as a midwife, a mother, a wife and a health care activist from 1975 (the year her son was born) to 1987 (the year of her deepest, darkest time.) The yarn that winds seamlessly thorough this book is the moment of birth. As a midwife who has delivered hundreds of babies, Carol Leonard tells the best birth stories! By their very nature, birth stories are the ultimate adventure tales, full of fraught emotion and drama that would make any Hollywood producer envious. Danger, romance, mystery, comedy and sometimes, sadly, tragedy ¿ Leonard¿s stories will keep you turning the pages with anticipation. <BR/>Carol Leonard is an outstanding midwife, in addition, she is an accomplished writer. She has a keen ability to tell a story cleanly with just the right amount of detail, humor and intrigue. Each chapter contains a nice mix of personal narrative, midwifery history, and many splendid and suspenseful birth stories. Leonard applies an unflinching truthfulness to the telling as she bravely shines a cold, hard light into her past, warts-and-all. Leonard reveals her finest achievements as well as her heart-wrenching mistakes in a devastatingly honest, heroic manner. <BR/>Did I mention she is really funny too? Leonard has a charming ability to laugh at herself and the outlandish foibles she gets herself into in a manner that feels like she¿s giving the reader a little, knowing wink. Like the time she delivered an unexpected Halloween baby while she was dressed in a stork costume. Or the time one mother decided the best place to deliver her baby was balanced like a gymnast between her washer and dryer in the laundry room. Always willing to accommodate the needs of the mother, Leonard caught the baby while wedged between the two appliances. She writes, ¿I am trying my best in these cramped quarters to guide the baby out. The amniotic fluid is dripping on my head. Dryer lint is sticking in my wet hair. I am covered, head to toe, with fuzz balls. When I finally stand up, I look like a gray Yeti.¿ <BR/>Carol Leonard is a remarkable woman. Her enormous dedication to the physical and emotional health of women and babies is profound and admirable. Whether directly or indirectly, Carol Leonard had a hand in the shaping of the way all women are treated by their health care workers during their labor and delivery to this day, whether in hospitals or at home. Most readers will learn a lot from this book about the evolution of child birth in the mid- to late-1900¿s, and they may gain an appreciation for the herculean efforts of pioneers like Leonard. <BR/>Not only does she reveal her personal and professional life, but Carol Leonard shares her spiritual journey as well. If you are on her wavelength, you will be broadened by her attunement to the universe. She is intuitive to the point of a mystic with an unfailing sixth sense that she learns to trust more and more as her story unfolds. Her ability to trust her inner guide stands out as a take-away lesson to us all. <BR/>OK, I just have to say it: I wish Carol Leonar

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