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An inspiring collection of birth stories by a charming midwife.  

Each time she knelt to "catch" another wriggling baby - nearly 3,000 times during her remarkable career - California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way for one more. With every birth, she encounters another woman-turned-goddess: Catherine rides out her labor in a car careening down a mountain road. Sofia spends hers trying to keep her hyper doctor-father from burning down the house. Susannah gives birth so quietly that neither husband nor midwife notice until there's a baby in the room.  

More than a collection of birth stories, however, Baby Catcher is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance, and love, this is an impassioned call to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in the timeless drama of birth.

©2002 Peggy Vincent (P)2019 Tantor

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Wonderful 🧡

Peggy has such an amazing way of telling stories. I loved this book, so necessary to read about normality when working in a busy hospital where normality can get so lost.

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Absolutely beautiful 💙

I laughed and cried, laughed some more and cried... such an amazing woman! what an inspirational midwife. the stories were truly wonderful. the joy and peace this woman has bought to so many families over an exceptional career.

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  • 22-04-21

Amazing storytelling!

I couldn’t push pause on this book, it was absolutely captivating!! I cried so many times and laughed out loud! I want to buy a copy for every birth worker I know!!

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  • RAY78
  • 21-02-21

Not what I thought.. Exactly what I needed!!

I absolutely LOVED this book! I am 37 weeks along and I have been devouring baby books and instructional Youtube videos, but I was looking for something else.. something different because I kept hearing the same stuff over and over. This book was exactly the thing I didn't even know I needed or wanted. It was informative about birth, but gave such wonderful context and perspective and actually entertained me throughout. I laughed at parts, I definitely cried a few times, and when I put it down I honestly feel like it was an enriching experience. I had a very rushed, medically induced birth with my first child and it left me more than a little traumatized. With this 2nd pregnancy, I found so much comfort in the authors words and she made me feel validated, like I had a whole tribe of women out there that would completely understand me and my experience.. because I do!! Great book.. mad props Peggy :)

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  • ruqiayah watson
  • 07-01-21

Such a beautiful story ♥️

The narrator made everything 10x better such an inspiring book I loved it so much ♥️

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  • 23-11-20

simply amazing

I hung on every word. This was a well thought out book. I'm impressed and grateful to have read it.

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  • brandon
  • 21-08-20

Must read for mommas, midwives and doulas!

Birth story after birth story this book has me so on fire to pursue work as a doula. It was so real and diverse and every story touched my heart in its own way.

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  • bk
  • 15-06-20

Stunning. Couldn’t stop listening.

As a midwifery student myself I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t want it to end. Peggy has written an exquisite collection of chapters painting a beautiful story of a glimpse into the life of a revolutionary home birth Nurse-midwife at the turn of the century.

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  • Jaleah
  • 23-09-19

Heartwarming

Loved this book. Tears and laughing outloud throughout. Highly recommend if you are interested in childbirth.