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The Midwife's Tale

By Sam Thomas

The Midwife's Tale
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2013,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Dec 2013,
    320 pages.

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Midwifery

Midwives at Nativity sceneHieroglyphics and even cave drawings testify to the fact that from time immemorial women in the throes of bringing forth the next generation have been tended by other women - either trained in the art of delivery or not. From the book of Genesis when Rachel's midwife predicted that she would bear a son (35-17) to Exodus where midwifery was endorsed by no less than God himself (1-20) midwives have enjoyed the privilege of great power. Albeit in a womanly way. What some might call stealth rebellion. Indeed it was midwives who virtually saved the Hebrew nation when they stood up to the Pharaoh's command to kill the Hebrews' newborn sons. So it can be said that Sam Thomas's Bridget Hodgson comes by her uppity disposition naturally.

From ancient times, midwives have been endowed with power and trust within their societies. Religious institutions such as the Catholic Church and secular governmental authorities required midwives to enforce canonical and civil laws. Churches wished to ...

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