Captivating, Inspiring, Page-Turner, June 19, 2009
By chakama-mama "Beth" (Bellingham, WA USA) -
I just devoured Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart by Carol Leonard. I came across her and her fabulous new memoir at a Midwifery Today Conference this spring. I just had to buy the book because I'm a midwifery junkie and just love reading midwives' memoirs. This book captivated me immediately. I stayed up nights reading by flashlight until forcing myself to tuck the book under the bed! Now, I feel like the opportunity to meet Carol Leonard was wasted, having not known who she was at the time. Her experience is a testament to her undying love for women, her commitment to making midwifery viable in the US, and for serving community to no end. I was particularly fascinated by the historical context of her life experience. As a midwifery student, I was inspired by her life story, her dedication and commitment. It made me wonder how many lives I will touch as a midwife. How I will contribute to ushering midwifery to a new level? I am extremely grateful for the example she has set, and for sharing it with the world in this lively, humorous, deep, heartwrenching memoir. It truly is a must-read for anyone interested in birth, human relationships, the patriarchal model of control - and how it can be challenged and changed. As a mother, a recipient of midwifery care, an aspiring midwife, a doula, a natural birth educator, a woman - I highly recommend this book. And I look forward to that next opportunity to meet Carol, at which time I will heartily thank her for all she's done to open up midwifery for women like me - as a legally recognized profession in the United States.