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The Birth House

Kit - 2006
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A blend of Scottish immigrants and Native American Mi'kmaq, the Rare family settle in the small coastal village of Scot's Bay in Nova Scotia. The town and its people make their living from the sea. Dora, the first girl child born to the Rare family in five generations, comes into the world with a caul over her face that many say is an omen. Dora becomes something of an outcast, and because like things attract, she is drawn to old Miss Babineau, the midwife of those parts. Miss Babineau takes Dora on as an apprentice, teaching her everything she knows about pregnancy, childbirth, infertility, healing, and caring. Dora's farmhouse in the village, given to her when she marries, is called "The Birth House," where many young girls and women over the years come for help and healing.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
Branch Call Number: MCK
Characteristics: 12 books, 1 reading guide in cloth bag
Alternative Title: Book Club Discussion.
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Dec 29, 2012

Our book club had a record attendance of 16 the night we discussed this book. And the conversation was lively to say the least. There were 1/2 of the women who sided with medicine and hospital births, while the other argued for midwifery and giving birth at home. Almost everyone loved it, and was proud of the fact that the author was Canadian and that so much of the novel educated the reader about a facinating part of Canadian history and the roles of women in healthcare; both as midwife and patient. A definite one to recommend. If you liked this, read Ami MacKay's The Virgin Cure - another great read.

Aug 07, 2012

Our book club enjoyed this book and the discussion it generated

Jul 31, 2012

Amazing book, everyone in the book club loved it. AND I had tweeted that I'd read the book in one night and Ami McKay responded. It further endeared me to her.

Jul 21, 2010

Another great book club pick. We unanimously enjoyed this book and evoked some great discussion about women, the developing roles of women over the past hundred years, including women's sexuality. Made for a lively discussion and a fun night!

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