The Birth House by Ami McKay
A Novel (P.S.)

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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 first 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 lives.

But when 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 her.

Filled 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 Brew—Ami McKay has created an arresting and unforgettable portrait of the struggles that women faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

 

About Ami McKay

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Ami McKay is the author of the #1 Canadian bestseller The Birth House, the winner of three Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris Awards and a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her work has aired on various Canadian radio programs, and her documentary, Daughter of Family G, won an Excellence in Journalism Medallion at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards. She is also active with UNICEF and other organizations. Originally from Indiana, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 402 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Bookbag

Summary: Miss Babineau and the young Dora Rare fight to maintain the rights of community midwives and local healers, in the face of a medical profession with other ideas.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)

The Bookbag

Summary: Miss Babineau and the young Dora Rare fight to maintain the rights of community midwives and local healers, in the face of a medical profession with other ideas.

Jan 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)

Helium

... My house stands at the edge of the earth. Together the house and I have held strong against the churning tides of Fundy. Two sisters, stubborn ...

Jul 30 2007 | Read Full Review of The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)

Booking Mama

... I'm not exactly sure where I first learned about THE BIRTH HOUSE by Ami McKay , but I do know that the description of the novel caught my eye.

Mar 06 2008 | Read Full Review of The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)

BlogHer

She sees how they come to her in need when they need her services and then turn their backs on her when their children are grown.

Aug 28 2006 | Read Full Review of The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)

Jules' Book Reviews

... Book Review: The Birth House. Title: The Birth House. Author: Ami McKay. Pages : 387. Summary: The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the ...

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... You might be interested to know that Ami McKay will be answering Qs about The Birth House on the book forum I run on 22nd August 2007.

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