Between 1870 and 1970, 26 million Italians left their homeland and travelled to places like Canada, Australia and the United States, in search of work. Many of them never returned to Italy. Against this historic backdrop comes the story of Rosina, a Calabrian matriarch, who worked as a midwife in an area where only one doctor served three villages. She was also the only member of the Russo family to remain in Italy after the mass migration of the 1950s. Written by Rosina's great-great- granddaughter, Rosina, the Midwife is a charming memoir that is at once a Canadian story and an Italian one. Through Kluthe's meticulous research and great insight, we see her great-grandfather Generoso labouring through the harsh Edmonton winter in order to buy passage to Canada for his wife and children; we glimpse her grandmother Rose huddled in a third-class cabin, sick from the motion of the boat; and we watch, teary-eyed, as her great-great-grandmother Rosina is forced to say goodbye, one by one, to the people she loves.
"In this book ... Joan Donley explores what has happened to midwives and midwifery in New Zealand this century. She traces the takeover of childbirth by medical men armed with forceps and sedation and their relentless undermining of the statues of the midwife so that now the very survival of her profession is at stake.
Can Susan escape the dark shadows of her childhood...? Born into the squalor of the notorious Ash-Pits, young Susan Lucket is determined to raise herself above the poverty of her childhood. Discovering she has a natural talent for nursing, she forges a new life for herself - and as an independent, unmarried midwife, she is a woman far ahead of her time. But when Edward Calthorpe, youngest son of the privileged landowner , offers her marriage, the memory of her terrible childhood returns to haunt her. And when Edward's wayward brother seduces little Polly, her beloved younger sister - and then betrays her in the most brutal of ways - Susan faces losing everything she has struggled for. Can she find the strength to fight for her right to happiness?
A night like no other…A miracle she’s dreamed of! In this London Hospital Midwives story, knowing she may never have children isn’t easy for midwife Carly Eliston. But devoting her life to helping other mothers realize that dream is fulfillment enough. Until she begins working alongside sexy neurosurgeon Adem Kepler! The cautious yet charismatic bachelor challenges Carly to let her hair down… One night of amazing passion later, Carly’s in for a miraculous shock—she’s carrying Adem’s baby! A London Hospital Midwives novel The London Hospital Midwives quartet Book 1 – Cinderella and the Surgeon by Scarlet Wilson Book 2 – Miracle Baby for the Midwife Book 3 – Reunited by Their Secret Daughter by Emily Forbes Book 4 – A Fling to Steal Her Heart by Sue MacKay “Ms. Beckett is a wonderful author whose books I normally find easy to get into...where the chemistry between this couple was strong right from the beginning and only gets stronger as this story progresses; the romance was delightful....” —Harlequin Junkie on The Surgeon’s Surprise Baby “Every medical romance I’ve read by Ms. Beckett has entertained me from start to finish, as she writes complex characters with interesting back stories, compelling dialogue that has me enjoying the growing relationship between the two main characters, and challenging obstacles for the characters to overcome and this story was no different.” —Harlequin Junkie on One Night to Change Their Lives
Since the day Rhoda Mummau was baptized into the Old Order Mennonite Church and became the head midwife of Hopen Haus, she’s been torn between the needs of the unwed mothers under her care and her desire to conceal the secrets of her past. Contact with the outside world could provide medical advantages, but remaining secluded in the community gives her the anonymity she craves. Graduate student Beth Winslow is on a path she never would have chosen. Heartbroken after surrendering a baby to adoption, she devotes herself to her studies until she becomes pregnant again, this time as a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities, Beth is unprepared for the parents’ decision to end the pregnancy—and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen House. Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives to the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia’s due date draws near, Rhoda must face her past and those she thought she had left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.
Featuring international midwives, this book compares the position of midwives in different medical systems, in industrial and developing countries, the problems they face and their future hopes. This book is designed to be of interest to midwives, health workers and to women generally.