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Overview

Hannah Blau, a young midwife, is driven by a passion to help other women--from Russian noblewomen to prostitutes--bring their babies safely into the world. After surviving pogroms, she emigrates to America where midwives present an economic threat to the emerging specialty of obstetrics, but the greatest challenge Hannah faces is from three men--Stefan Petrograv, the brilliant Russian doctor; Lazar, a firebrand socialist; and Nathaniel Belinsky, a ruthless, virile businessman. Each loves her and tries to make her his own while she struggles to confront a hostile world that tests her vision of personal and professional happiness.
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Editorial Reviews

Carol Stoner
“Why is ‘The Midwife’ such an important book? Chances are slim that you have ever read a novel by a woman that also provides an impressive body of knowledge about a subject of special interest to us.”
Lori Korleski
"...Will have meaning to both men and women, to anyone who respects life and that miracle we call birth."
Chicago Sun-Times - Carol Stoner
“Why is ‘The Midwife’ such an important book? Chances are slim that you have ever read a novel by a woman that also provides an impressive body of knowledge about a subject of special interest to us.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451156235
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

GAY COURTER HAS WORKED CONTINUOUSLY IN FILM AND television production since graduation from Antioch College and has produced more than 200 documentary and educational films. She is author of five bestselling novels with over three million copies in print worldwide including The Midwife, The Midwife’s Advice, Code Ezra, River of Dreams, and Flowers in the Blood. Her non-fiction works include The Beansprout Book and I Speak For This Child, and How To Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis.
Gay has served as a volunteer in the Florida Guardian Ad Litem program since 1989 in which she acts as the court appointed advocate for neglected and abused children. Her book about her experiences, I Speak For This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate, brought national attention to the cause. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Day One, NBC Weekend Edition, and in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and other national publications as an expert on these issues and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Gay has also received the Child Advocate of the Year award in Florida for her work as a Guardian Ad Litem, the Sharon Solomon Child Advocate Award from the Florida Center for Children and Youth, and special recognition from the Florida Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. for her work on Where’s My Chance? The Case for Our Children, which also won an Emmy. Gay received her second Emmy from the National Academy of Arts and Television Sciences, Suncoast Chapter, for a series of public service announcements called Solutions for America’s Children. She has been selected as one of the 10 most admired women in Citrus County twice—in the community service and arts categories. In 2004, Gay, her husband, Philip, and daughter, Ashley, jointly won the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Gay is married to her collaborator in documentary films, Philip Courter. They have produced almost hundred films on child welfare topics and specialize in media about children’s issues and strengthening family. Clients include National CASA, the National Council of Family and Juvenile Judges, the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    An Obstetrician's Favorite

    this book was terrific! it chronicled the life of a Jewish immigrant from Russia and her struggles as both a midwife, a wife, and a mother. the various stories of the births that are described in the book are very interesting. although long, a quick read, especially for those interested in midewifery/obststrics.

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