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Hard Pushed

A Midwife’s Story
Narrated by: Leah Hazard
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Hard Pushed, by Leah Hazard.

No sleep for 20 hours. No food for 10. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers... Welcome to the life of a midwife. 

Life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a newborn baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all.

Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just 15, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Star, birthing in a room heady with essential oils and love until an enemy intrudes; and Pei Hsuan, who has carried her tale of exploitation and endurance thousands of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.

Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s fellow midwives - there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.

©2019 Leah Hazard (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Working within the Nhs I could relate to this book with full understanding of how the author felt. It is well written and an enjoyable listen.

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Brilliant book - entertaining and informative

I absolutely loved this book! Great stories while giving you an insight into midwifery. Loved Leah’s accent too, made the book even better. Would recommend it, especially to mums as it’s very relatable.

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Love this book!

I absolutely love this book!

It gives an indepth insight into the world of midwifery in the nhs.

a must read.

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I found this book to be an enjoyable listen, highly recommended. Narration was lovely great accent

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This is a moving timely account of being a midwife in the hard pressed NHS. It manages to portray the unique and privileged role of a midwife in caring for women and babies and the range and depth of skills needed to do so. Alarmingly the reality of working in an under resourced health service is evident, and the great personal toll this takes on committed compassionate staff. Leah Hazard writes from the heart and conveys warmth and passion, reminding us of the true value of midwifery and the threats it faces.

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