Midwives by Chris Bohjalian




This book is about an experienced lay midwife (uncertified) who ends up partaking in a delivery that goes wrong and she ends up having to give a c-section after the mother dies. The authorities get involved and it comes out that the women might not have been dead when the c-section was performed. The midwife ends up going to trial because of that fact.

This book was really good. The issue I have with it is that the author is exceptionally detailed and some portions were unnecessary. I found myself skipping sentences and even passages and I didn’t really miss much of the story.

Aside from that issue I really enjoyed the novel. I think the author tried to stay unbiased about midwifery. I think he tried to show the good side as well as the bad.

There was a twist at the end that was alluded to for most of the book. That left me questioning the whole entire time how the book was going to end and if the woman who performed the c-section was going to get convicted.

I think the ending was a bit ambiguous. You are still left uncertain of what transpired the night that the midwife performed the c-section.

I really did enjoy this book and I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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