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Midwives [BOOKS] ⚣ Midwives Author Chris Bohjalian – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Midwives, Chris Bohjalian s fifth novel, is the story of Sibyl Danforth, a lay midwife in rural Vermont, and her daughter, Connie The nexus of this cautionary tale is an emergency Caesarean section Si Midwives, Chris Bohjalian s fifth novel, is the story of Sibyl Danforth, a lay midwife in rural Vermont, and her daughter, Connie The nexus of this cautionary tale is an emergency Caesarean section Sibyl performs during a home birth that goes disastrously wrong Believing the mother is already dead from a stroke, Sibyl operates and later finds herself on trial for killing the woman The compelling story of her trial and its aftermath comes to us from Connie, who believes this is my story, too In fact, Connie s reaction to her mother s ordeal is to go to medical school and become an obstetrician The book raises provocative issues about medical ethics and the limits of risk.


About the Author: Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the New York Times bestselling author of books His work has been translated into languages and three times become moviesHis new novel about a deadly pathogen, The Red Lotus, was just published a twisting story of love and deceit An American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met Publishers Weekly called it a diabolical plot reminiscent of a Robin Cook thriller, and Booklist described it as masterful a cerebral and dramatic dive into what happens when love turns to agony His novel, The Flight Attendant, debuted as a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and National Indiebound Bestseller It is currently being filmed for an hour HBO Max limited series, starring Kaley Cuoco who is also an Executive Producer , Rosie Perez, Sonoya Mizuno Crazy Rich Asians and Maniac , Michiel Huisman Game of Thrones and The Haunting of Hill House , and TR Knight Grey s Anatomy Susanna Fogel Booksmart and The Spy Who Dumped Me is directing the first two episodesHe is also a playwright and screenwriter He has adapted his novel, Midwives, for a play, which premiered January , at the George Street Playhouse, and was directed by David Saint Broadway World said of it, The fine playwriting by Bohjalian, the directorial talents of the Playhouse s Artistic Director, David Saint, and the show s accomplished cast make this play unforgettable His first play, Grounded, premiered at the East th Theatres in New York City in the summer of and is now available as an audiobook and eBook, Wingspan His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St Louis Post Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and SalonHis awards include the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers the New England Book Award Russia s Soglasie Concord Award for The Sandcastle Girls a Boston Public Library Literary Light a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Sister Radio a Best Lifestyle Column for Idyll Banter from the Vermont Press Association and the Anahid Literary Award His novel, Midwives,was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and SciencesHe has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader s Digest, and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine He was a weekly columnist in Vermont for The Burlington Free Press from through Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College He has been awarded Honorary Degrees as well from Amherst, Champlain College, and Castleton UniversityHe lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria BlewerTheir daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City Among the audiobooks she has narrated are Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and The Guest Room.



10 thoughts on “Midwives

  1. Chana Chana says:

    It was very well written, but I read it with mixed feelings When I was done I had to say that I didn t like it The author says many positive things about midwifery but in the final analysis it really is an indictment of lay midwifery and home birth I gave birth to 5 children at home 1 with an old time doctor and 4 with a lay midwife I had 3 at the hospital 1 without drugs, 1 with an epidural, and 1 with a C S So I feel qualified by experience to at least comment My home births were by fa It was very well written, but I read it with mixed feelings When I was done I had to say that I didn t like it The author says many positive things about midwifery but in the final analysis it really is an indictment of lay midwifery and home birth I gave birth to 5 children at home 1 with an old time doctor and 4 with a lay midwife I had 3 at the hospital 1 without drugs, 1 with an epidural, and 1 with a C S So I feel qualified by experience to at least comment My home births were by far my better birthing experiences, especially those with the lay midwife, and all of those children were born whole and healthy, thank G d Home is private and sacred and if your midwife is competent and you are in good health with a normal fetus and pregnancy then I am all for home birth I ll try not to bore you with birth details but I have had a couple of bad experiences in the hospital 1 doctor yelling what the hell are you doing at me when I rolled onto my side during labor rather than staying flat on my back That child was not in danger btw and was born healthy shortly thereafter 2 nearly losing the C S child because the hospital delivery staff didn t believe the lay midwife who said the child had to be born by C S and thereby making us go through trial of labor before rushing me into a emerg C S delivery like a Monty Python skit My C S child lived and there is no doubt that both of us would have died if not for the C S as he was a PWS baby with very low muscle tone and he was a face presentation as well Basically he was like a limp noodle in utero with his face against the cervix and he wasn t going to be born without surgical intervention BUT the midwife knew he was face presentation at 8 months and suspected an anomaly as stress tests showed his heart rate was too flat The hospital paid her no heed and my child s heart was slowing down and then stopping in 2nd stage labor in the hospital setting managed by hospital staff, hence the EMERGENCY C S, which could have been performed without the emergency part if the doctors had listened to the midwife or me Now how is this mis judgment on the part of the hospital staff so different from the mis judgements made on the part of the lay midwife in this book She actually did pretty well, saving the life of the child I guess what the author wants you to recognize is that if the hospital makes mistakes they have everything right there, surgical suites and all, to correct their error But you know what Hospital staff make mistakes all the time but they are better protected against the consequences of their mistakes If lay midwifery were supported in this country with certification for midwives to deliver at home with a support system of doctors, hospitals and emergency transportation then we could have women deliver at home with less risk ALL birth entails risk There is an attempt in this book to link home birth with hippies and all that that lifestyle might entail I really resent the idea that home birth is less hygienic than hospital birth when the fact is hospitals are home to a plethora of the very worst germs around It is, as I said, a well written indictment and no amount of story telling and fictionalizing and choice of narrator changes that


  2. LeiAnn LeiAnn says:

    The premise of the book is that a very experienced lay not certified midwife has a messy delivery in a patient s home in which the mother ends up dying In order to save the baby when her efforts at CPR fail, she performs a cesarean on the mother The baby, incidently, does live because of her efforts However, her inexperienced assistant and the father of the baby both have their doubts about whether or not the mother was actually dead at the time of the incision, and the midwife goes to tria The premise of the book is that a very experienced lay not certified midwife has a messy delivery in a patient s home in which the mother ends up dying In order to save the baby when her efforts at CPR fail, she performs a cesarean on the mother The baby, incidently, does live because of her efforts However, her inexperienced assistant and the father of the baby both have their doubts about whether or not the mother was actually dead at the time of the incision, and the midwife goes to trial for manslaughter.I liked the story and the relationships between the midwife s family and friends and lawyers as told by her teenaged daughter The author does a good job of creating suspense, and I did find myself drawn into it I really wanted to find out whether or not the mother would be convicted or not, and really, whether or not she killed her patient I won t spoil the end for you, but I will say I was surprised and sick when I read it


  3. smetchie smetchie says:

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG I have no idea how Chris Bohjalian wrote the voice of a 14 year old girl so well that it actually made me remember what it felt like to be 14 AND against my will, mind you I would do anything to never feel 14 again There are many other wonderful things about this book But it s enough to say read it because here is a man writing in the perfect 14 year old girl voice and that s some amazing motherfucking writing.


  4. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    I ve had Midwives, Chris Bohjalian s fifth novel, on my to read list for quite a while, but I resisted reading it until now because of some personal baggage my only son was born, perfectly healthy, in a hospital but the labour was prolonged, resulting in life threatening complications that brought me back to the hospital in isolation for almost three weeks during which I was not even allowed to hold my own newborn child Midwives is a story about a pregnancy that goes wrong, but not in a hospi I ve had Midwives, Chris Bohjalian s fifth novel, on my to read list for quite a while, but I resisted reading it until now because of some personal baggage my only son was born, perfectly healthy, in a hospital but the labour was prolonged, resulting in life threatening complications that brought me back to the hospital in isolation for almost three weeks during which I was not even allowed to hold my own newborn child Midwives is a story about a pregnancy that goes wrong, but not in a hospital in a home The novel is mainly told through the eyes of Connie, the daughter of midwife Sibyl Danforth Each chapter begins with an entry from Sibyl s diary Connie s narration does require a degree of concentration from the reader Bohjalian takes us back and forward in time, from Connie telling the story as an adult, going back to when she was fourteen And because she was the point of view character, Connie had to overhear many, many conversations Once I had the narrator, and the author s narrative technique, firmly fixed in my mind, I was able to settle in to reading this compelling novel For years Sibyl enjoyed a thriving career as a catcher of babies And then, one cold winter night, after a difficult and lengthy labour, Sibyl realizes she needs to get the mother, Charlotte to the hospital But the phone lines are down, and Sibyl drives her car into a snow bank She returns to continue to assist in the birth, and then Charlotte collapses Believing Charlotte has had a stroke, Sibyl attempts CPR, and after some time, concludes that the mother has died but that there may still be time to save the baby She performs a caesarian section, and saves the baby, but did she kill Charlotte in the process Sibyl s inexperienced apprentice, Anne, and Charlotte s husband, Asa, later contend that she did that Charlotte was still alive before Sibyl performed the operation The coroner comes to the same conclusion, and Sibyl is charged with involuntary manslaughter The book is the story of the trial and the events leading up to it As I read this novel I was never bored and as I approached the end it became, for me,andof a nail biting page turner I found the trial and the complementary battle outside the courtroom medical community against midwifery very interesting reading Throughout the story Bohjalian casts doubt even as he leads the reader sometimes astray to certain assumptions For example, Charlotte hid her medical history from Sibyl Did this contribute to her prolonged labour and resulting collapse Then there s our discovery, before the end of the book, that Connie is now, as an adult, a certified OBGYN We must assume that this is because of her mother s experience Finally, we never really know what happened that night until the very end of the book Clearly that was Bohjalian s intention, and he pulled it off very well Read Midwives with an open mind, and you ll form your own ideas about why and how Bohjalian decided to write this story He certainly did his research, and he makes us think the major issues surrounding midwifery and the dangers associated with any birth are presented without the author taking sides For myself, in the end, I feel I didn t so much read Midwives, as ingest it Looking back, I think that if I had had a certified midwife, along with a doctor, working with me during my pregnancy, things might well have turned out better Interestingly, Chris Bohjalian himself has been quoted as saying that in a heartbeat he and his wife would be comfortable having a baby at home, or using a nurse midwife at the hospital


  5. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I LOVED this book, which was totally unexpected It was absolutely riveting for me There wasn t a slow part in it I really enjoyed the organization, with the journal entries, and the tone associated with the author s reflections kind of if only It made the whole book feel like you were hearing an exciting story first hand, where the story teller felt compelled to add little bits of insight or extra information along the way to help enhance your experience I really enjoyed how it begin I LOVED this book, which was totally unexpected It was absolutely riveting for me There wasn t a slow part in it I really enjoyed the organization, with the journal entries, and the tone associated with the author s reflections kind of if only It made the whole book feel like you were hearing an exciting story first hand, where the story teller felt compelled to add little bits of insight or extra information along the way to help enhance your experience I really enjoyed how it begins and especially how it ends WHAT AN ENDING Makes me think of the relationship between justice and mercy.I loved the setting and the pace of the criminal trial proceedings I had read Civil Action before and it was far too mundanely tediously detailed and slow moving for me The court case in Midwives was a LOT better, and it would make a substantially better movie too.The characters were great as well Their relationships with each other were interesting and realistic without being overdramatic Normally I don t appreciate a male author writing a story from a woman s perspective especially a subject that is this feminine but I think Chris Bohjalian did a fantastic job.FABULOUS BOOK I would definitely recommend it Especially to mothers Just read it for the second time 2 10 for another book club It s still awesome


  6. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Midwives reminded me of a Lifetime or Hallmark film I found it kind of sappy to be honest, but it s an interesting concept with a good mystery.


  7. Kristen Kristen says:

    So the Washington Post Book World says that this will keep readers up late until the last page is turned I started the book this morning, and only had hopes that it d be as good as the last few books I ve read Didn t think I d do all 370 pages today LOLI guess depending on how you feel about midwives and home births, you could view this book as an injustice upon Sibyl, or an injustice against the woman who died Personally, I feel that a woman has the choice as to whether she wants a home bir So the Washington Post Book World says that this will keep readers up late until the last page is turned I started the book this morning, and only had hopes that it d be as good as the last few books I ve read Didn t think I d do all 370 pages today LOLI guess depending on how you feel about midwives and home births, you could view this book as an injustice upon Sibyl, or an injustice against the woman who died Personally, I feel that a woman has the choice as to whether she wants a home birth or a hospital birth It s her body, and if she wants the baby at home, fine But if there s a medical problem, then the hospital is the place to go But I understand that things happen I m getting worked up about this, and I know it s a work of fiction But I know women have been prosecuted and tortured for being midwives It s an Oprah Book Club book, of course it s going to bring up opinions Don t a great deal of her choices do So yes A thought provoking book Well researched And I was surprised to see it was written by a man lol


  8. Amy Amy says:

    I would like to preface my comments with a recommendation that if you are pregnant or are planning to have children sometime soon this would NOT be a good book choice Having said that, I thought this book was exceptional I was definitely drawn to this book, having delivered both of my children with a nurse midwife This story is told from the adult daughter s perspective regarding her mother s role a midwife during a home delivery gone bad As I noted in someone else s review, I had to stop I would like to preface my comments with a recommendation that if you are pregnant or are planning to have children sometime soon this would NOT be a good book choice Having said that, I thought this book was exceptional I was definitely drawn to this book, having delivered both of my children with a nurse midwife This story is told from the adult daughter s perspective regarding her mother s role a midwife during a home delivery gone bad As I noted in someone else s review, I had to stop a few times and remind myself that this was not a true story The author very realistically portrays the struggle of the lay midwife vs the nurse midwife physician I thought it was quite thought provoking and I could not put it down for the last 1 4 of the book It is not a light, fun read, but an incredible one nonetheless


  9. Erin Erin says:

    Another book loan from a bookclub member and an author that I cannot resist reading Written in 1997, Chris Bohjalian takes readers to a wintry night in Vermont where a seasoned midwife, named Sibyl Danforth makes a decision to save a baby s life But by the next evening, rumors will begin to fly that Sibyl is actually a killer Told through the eyes of Sibyl s daughter, Connie, the unfolding investigation and courtroom drama definitely kept me wondering as to who is telling the truth I was ab Another book loan from a bookclub member and an author that I cannot resist reading Written in 1997, Chris Bohjalian takes readers to a wintry night in Vermont where a seasoned midwife, named Sibyl Danforth makes a decision to save a baby s life But by the next evening, rumors will begin to fly that Sibyl is actually a killer Told through the eyes of Sibyl s daughter, Connie, the unfolding investigation and courtroom drama definitely kept me wondering as to who is telling the truth I was absolutely hooked by this one even when the book slowed down Although I had a feeling what was ultimately going to be the conclusion of the story, I still felt the story was thrilling enough to keep me engaged I thought it was interesting to have the story told through the eyes of Sibyl s daughter Here Connie was this normal teenager and then her whole life is turned upside down and neighbors are taking sides and yet she doesn t want to be helpless She wants to ensure readers that her mother was excellent at midwifery She s any kind of teen that adores her parent In between chapters, we are also given glimpses into Sibyl s midwife journals and this also allows a glimpse into Sibyl the midwife and not just Sibyl, Connie s mother.A book that I wouldn t hesitate to re read or recommend to others Goodreads 20 03 20


  10. Marc Marc says:

    This was a gripping read and I loved Connie, the 14 year old narrator of this story A compelling story and great characters I m glad I had the chance to read this novel which was written in 1997 If I hadn t have seen mention of it in a review of another Chris Bohjalian novel I would probably never have chosen to read it Highly recommended.


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