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August 19th, 2007  · Rachel

Rachel reviews "Midwives", a fictional novel by Chris Bohjalian.

(Fiction)Review of "Midwives" a novel by Chris Bohjalian

Although I have never experienced one myself, novelist Chris Bohjalian made me feel the chilling cold of a winter storm in Vermont. It was due to the storm that experienced midwife Sibyl Danforth found herself in unfamiliar territory; normally she would have transferred her laboring patient to the hospital for failure to progress, but the storm rendered them cut off from the outside world. In a noble attempt to save the life of an unborn baby, Sibyl performs an emergency cesarean section on the mother, whom she believes has just died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, but there are those who assert that although Sibyl saved the baby, it was the c-section that had actually killed the mother. The dramatic story of the subsequent investigation, trial and emotional impact on her family is told by Sibyl’s daughter, Connie, who was 13 at the time of the ordeal.

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