It is often the doctors that get the kudos for the safe arrival of babies into the world, but in reality it is, and always has been, the midwives who are the true heroes of not just birthing but also pre and post natal care of women all around the world. It was nice to read a book dedicated to such an amazing profession.
From the huge hospitals of our major cities, to tiny clinics in the remotest of locations midwives are an ever present force in health care. It was interesting to read that midwifery has gone through many changes over the years - from the full medicalisation of the 1950s and 1960s, to the more balanced approach that is available today which includes such things as birthing centres (both within and outside of hospitals) as well as midwives who are completely independent operators.
Aussie Midwives is a wonderful collection of stories about different midwives written by successful fiction author and midwife Fiona McArthur. Although the daughter of a midwife and thus fairly familiar with what birthing entails, I am still in awe of these women (and men) who undertake such a huge responsibility on a daily basis. It was wonderful to read something that celebrates this ancient profession and to know that so many dedicated and passionate professionals continue to undertake this special job.