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The Birth House summary The Birth House, series The Birth House, book The Birth House, pdf The Birth House, The Birth House 0d8492e82e The Birth House Is The Story Of Dora Rare, The First Daughter To Be Born In Five Generations Of The Rare Family As A Child In An Isolated Village In Nova Scotia, She Is Drawn To Miss Babineau, An Outspoken Acadian Midwife With A Gift For Healing And A Kitchen Filled With Herbs And Folk Remedies During The Turbulent Years Of World War I, Dora Becomes The Midwife S Apprentice Together, They Help The Women Of Scots Bay Through Infertility, Difficult Labors, Breech Births, Unwanted Pregnancies And Even Unfulfilling Sex LivesWhen Gilbert Thomas, A Brash Medical Doctor, Comes To Scots Bay With Promises Of Fast, Painless Childbirth, Some Of The Women Begin To Question Miss Babineau S Methods And After Miss Babineau S Death, Dora Is Left To Carry On Alone In The Face Of Fierce Opposition, She Must Summon All Of Her Strength To Protect The Birthing Traditions And Wisdom That Have Been Passed Down To HerFilled With Details That Are As Compelling As They Are Surprising Childbirth In The Aftermath Of The Halifax Explosion, The Prescribing Of Vibratory Treatments To Cure Hysteria And A Mysterious Elixir Called Beaver BrewThe Birth Houseis An Unforgettable Tale Of The Struggles Women Have Faced To Maintain Control Over Their Own Bodies And To Keep The Best Parts Of Tradition Alive In The World Of Modern Medicine

10 thoughts on “The Birth House

  1. says:

    Mark this down as another book that I quite enjoyed, but didn t quite love Something kept me a bit separated from the story, kept me from falling head over heels for the characters although the women from away stole my heart quite a bit It felt at times like I could see the story engine grinding too much behind the scenes, could see the way things were going to go.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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    I should have known better than to read this One thing I am not is pro home birth I m not anti home birth, but the I read about the exquisite, spiritual, satisfying birthing of their babies, the turned off I am by the usually not said but rather implied understanding that any other kind of birth is not I know it s not true Birthing a child is exciting and scary and hard and wonderful and one of the most memorable things any woman will do in her lifetime But, the variety in which we can, and choose, to do it is wide and, thankfully, available Writing that glorifies one means over another annoys me.With that being said, it was impossible for this book not to annoy me With a protagonist that is an ever understanding, compassionate, holds to her guns midwife and the villain a heartless, thoughtless, passionless..MAN, the story was too black and white to be good Yes, it had other merits including its vivid Nova Scotia backdrop, the emerging gain of independent, feminine thought during and after WWI and a somewhat interesting love story, but the bias was clear even when the writing was not which, with all of the journal entries and articles occurred frequently I think women who line up on the home birth side of the debate will love this book It champions their clear superiority Unfortunately, it doesn t really champion the beauty of all birth, or the most important thing of allthe availability of options.

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    What can I do with all this neat feminist lore that women have just GOT to hear, like mercenary doctors wresting childbirth away from women and vibrators being the first electric appliance and Boston suffragettes who were also, get this, lesbians and herbal remedies that people are embracing again I know, I ll write a novel and set it in the quaint town I just moved to and that I love love love Awwww, it was mean of me to pretend Ami McKay actually said that out loud ever, because as far as I know she didn t And I m just being mean because if I ever do stop being a useless widget and write a novel, it will have these same flaws this is psychology, people, I m doing psychology here That is, it will be awkwardly draped around historical facts that I think are so super cool that everyone should know them even though much of the book s audience probably already does, because we readers tend to be annoyingly self selecting and inbred , prone to overplotting and the romanticization of the rural, and burdened with a main character that is my fantasy olde tyme version of myself You just can t wait to buy it, I m telling you.Um, a shorter version of this review is that this book is so full of stuff white people like see the blog before you comment furiously, please that it is, itself, a stuff white people like Cloth diapers, anyone Ironic knitting circle, hmmmm

  4. says:

    I read this book before joining Goodreads and it is definitely one of my favorite Canadian reads Last week, it was announced that the CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has inked a deal to turn it into a television series Always a great reason to put the book on my reread list.

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    This book is a bit of a departure from my usual reading, but after reading a blurb on Goodreads about it, I was intrigued Luckily, my local small town library had this book available, so I checked it out I m glad I did It is an enjoyable story Dora Rare is special She s the first girl born in the Rare family in five generations, and she has the gift of healing A local midwife, Miss Babineau, begins to teach the young girl what she knows so that Dora can continue the tradition of folk medicine and midwifery in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia When a medical doctor comes to the area with plans to open a birthing center, he clashes with Miss Babineau and Dora He wants to begin using anesthesia and modern birthing methods, ending at home births for the rural women of the area While families were able to pay Miss Babineau with food and other goods, the new birthing center will require families in the area to pay a fee and travel to the center for births Soon the doctor is accusing the women of botched deliveries and even dispensing dangerous herbal concoctions that allegedly resulted in the death of one local woman.I loved the character of Miss Babineau The wise and caring folk healer was portrayed perfectly For decades Miss Babineau helped the women of Scots Bay with births, illness, deaths and all sorts of medical complaints The people of Scots Bay saw her as a healer, and at times a witch.loving and somehow fearing her at the same time Such a colorful, vibrant character Her distrust and fear of modern medical medications, procedures and requirements is understandable The old ways will pass away to make way for the new. But modern doesn t always mean betterjust different Dora had such love and respect for Miss Babineau, as did the other residents of the area.I disliked the doctor While modern and safer methods of delivery were being developed to help women, Gilbert Thomas seems intent on making money, rooting out folk medicine and herbal healing and offering treatments that seem barbaric and predatory than medicinal At one point, he offers vibrator treatments for his patients to supposedly prepare their bodies for pregnancy Sicko Ugh Horrible man But then again, his actions aren t surprising as women were often treated for hysteria in ways that seem cavemanish to modern sensibilities All in all, a nice bit of women s fiction For information on the author and her other books, check out her website

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    I really loved this book It was so well written and a very fast read I was a little than skeptical given the subject matter since I really hated The Red Tent, I don t want children and I m a believer in hospitals, modern medicine and clinical trials over natural remedies Luckily, this book wasn t overly preachy or whiny at all Yes, the author did set up the physician to be a complete villain to better illustrate her good the old ways, bad the modern ways Seriously, given the geographic location of the village it wasn t practical to have the maternity center as the only option But that s really my only beef with the book The author is a great storyteller This main character felt like she d be right at home hanging out with Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne of Green Gables She said she wanted this book to feel like Dora Rare s literary scrapbook and I think she s achieved that I really enjoyed how she brought in the real life events of the day World War I, the Halifax explosion, the great molasses flood of Boston as historical touch points for the actions of the characters and the setting The supporting cast was interesting Did anyone else picture Mrs Olsen as Aunt Fran while reading this book The ending seemed pretty rushed I would have liked another chapter or two of the post Mother s Day rally and then the wrap up look back at life chapters.And as always, reading these books set in the past makes me so happy to live in these times With electricity, cars, Advil, outlet malls and supermarkets There s just nothing appealing or romantic about living from the land and all that work

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book The writing was so good I found myself wanting to read slowly so I could really pay attention to her descriptions and use of language The book is set in the early 1900s in Canada during WWI The main character, Dora is an apprentice midwife during a time when an obstetrical center has just opened nearby and the big push is for the end of home births and midwives The women of the town fight for their right to be involved in the birthing process The book also has a section of old midwive s cures which were really interesting.

  8. says:

    I found the premise interesting, but the execution flawed Dora s ostracism from the rest of the town felt like the author telling the audience that she was just too special for the others to understand, and that taken with the slut shaming of Grace Hutner made it difficult for me to sympathize Dora was also a very passive character, and while in some circumstances it made sense, she seemed to drift through the novel on other characters steam I also felt that McKay tried to cram too much into the final third of the book drownings murder lesbians who only got three sentences dedicated to them suffragism And then there was the dichotomy between modern and traditional medicine after Mis Babineau s disappearance, Dr Thomas was shown up as a fraud, but the narrative scorn of things like sterile medical environments and painkillers made me roll my eyes I ve read McKay s other book, The Virgin Cure, and found it much satisfying this one just suffers too much from first author problems.

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    I thought this was an interesting light read and I had fun with it.Now to make myself hated just a little, I have to disagree with the reviewers who complained about the confusing combination of narration, letters, and diary entries I thought that the arrangement was easy enough for a junior high graduate to follow The letters and diary entries were dated, after all, and with the exception of the first My apologies to those who disagree, but maybe you should try a book with smaller words in a larger font There was nothing confusing about this novel.

  10. says:

    The Birth House by Ami McKay William Morrow 13 978 0 016 400pps 24.95 When Ami McKay and her husband bought an old farm house in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia, she had no idea the history she would peel away from the walls or dig up in her yard Removing layers of wall paper revealed plastered newspapers, tilling her soil unearthed bottle shards, and becoming pregnant led her to a midwife who related what she knew of the World War 1 village midwife that had once inhabited her very home Through much speculation, Ami evokes a lavish rendition of the life of Dora Rare, the only daughter born into 5 generations of sons From the beginning, Dora was destined for a special life, as she came from the womb with a caul that was believed to give her sight and whomever retained it, good luck Based on what facts she could find, Ami gives us the lives of two incredible and tenacious ladies who fight to maintain their ancient herbal birthing and home remedy methods from the march of modern medicine References to the women s suffragist movement tie in nicely with the abundant audacity of both Dora and her mentor, the Cajun Witch , Marie Babineau Bits of history are dosed out via actual news clips, ads and letters of the era Dora is sent to apprentice under Marie and to ease the financial burden of her struggling parents When a Doctor arrives with high falluting claims and finger pointing disdain for the old ways , Dora and Marie are faced with the increasing superstitious shunning of the very same women they had treated and midwifed for Forced into an arranged marriage that quickly turns abusive, Dora continues to fight for her beliefs as well as those who still believe in her When Marie dies, she leaves Dora struggling to decipher her journals for the right dosage, the correct incantation, and the needed strength to carry on the tradition Marie bestowed upon her Here is where the story starts swirling and you re sucked into the vortex of Dora s dervishily delightful spunk Blamed for the death of one of her patients, she takes exile in big city life amongst feminists, commune livers and the reunion with her brother Until truth be told, she works her wonders amongst the prostitutes and new found friends before heading back home where her adopted daughter, family and devoted friends have awaited her Though a better segue from later chapters would have improved a somewhat disjointed ending, I found the book as informative as entertaining and applaud Dora for making it against all odds so triumphantly.

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