Listen free for 30 days

Hard Pushed

A Midwife’s Story
Narrated by: Leah Hazard
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

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

What listeners say about Hard Pushed

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    85
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    79
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    76
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Meh just ok, there are better medical experience books

Read ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay instead, that’s a book where you’ll laugh and cry and be entertained by real stories. I write this review as a nurse, who’s mother is a midwife, and as someone who’s read other books on the healthcare experience. I found this to be a bit dull, banal, nothing was particularly shocking or interesting and the author comes across as a bit smug and self righteous. Every story seemed very contrived as if to demonstrate how much of a wonderful midwife the author is. Unfortunately I found her difficult to like and she was a bit vanilla It would have been nice to hear about mistakes she’d made or lessons she’d learnt but she seemed to want to portray herself as an angel. The book also lacked humour and dark humour is always present amongst hospital staff. The author is an American who’s now living in the UK so perhaps that explains the lack of humour and self deprecation.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing book

Honest, real but very funny! Highly recommend this book, so pleased this I listened to this book and I love that the author narrated it

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Well worth a read

Interesting insight into her mind and world. I enjoyed this book. Honest and kind approach

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

5/5 from a student midwife.

Leah Hazard does an amazing job of highlighting what it is like to be a midwife today. Although I am only a student midwife, I resonated with the insights Hazard shared. I went from laughter to tears to anger with each chapter. Her performance of narrator is also impressive, she has a soothing voice and is easy to listen to. I will be recommending this book to my friends and family (not only because it’s amazing but so they can get an insight into my professional life too!).

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

So sad. Bring back mid-wifery.

As a mother I would never choose to be in the ‘care’ of a midwife who is able to compartmentalise any woman into a ‘vagina’ or a detached voice at the end of a bed.

As a student midwife this is exactly the kind of language that made me cry for what society now accepts as normal.

Leah comments on seeing a video as a younger person where this detachment takes place; apparently without seeing how she’s perpetuating that approach with her own ‘light hearted’ language.

On the plus side Leah reads beautifully and brings some insight into the pressures of working within a medicalised birth unit - and the typical outcomes women face.

The experience of giving birth can sadly be degrading and violating both physically and emotionally for many women (and their partners and babies).

Truly person-centred midwives and doulas protect the space of each woman and family to have a healing and powerful experience; and a language of respect is essential.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fascinating and gripping

really enjoyed this book and was sad when it came to an end. absolutely fantastic.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Poignant, frank and true reflection midwife life

Elequently covers the breadth, strength and vast array of circumstances and challenges midwives face every day. It is relevant to everyone, we are all human, we're all born, and it gives a brief window into a little acknowledged world of wonder and hard work.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking!

Loved that the narrator was also the author, much more personal. Great insight into the profession.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent

loved it !
real insight into NHS midwifery !
listened to it in about 2 days as I just couldn't stop listening

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely Breathtaking✨

I loved this book, it was a well thought out, emotional and thrilling book to listen to. I loved the raw emotion and realness that was displayed in each chapter, as a student midwife I would recommend to any one who has an interest in midwifery or labour itself. Beautiful story of a Midwife’s journey.