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  • A Midwife in Amish Country

  • Celebrating God's Gift of Life
  • By: Kim Woodard Osterholzer
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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A Midwife in Amish Country

By: Kim Woodard Osterholzer
Narrated by: Susan Boyce
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Summary

Midwife Kim Osterholzer ushers listeners behind the doors of Amish homes as she recounts her adventures answering God's call to the craft of midwifery. 

Kim chronicles her nine-year apprenticeship grappling with the nuances and idiosyncrasies of homebirth. She recounts the beauty and painstaking effort of those early years spent catching babies by the light of crackling woodstoves, oil lamps, and lanterns. Every birth enthralled her, whether it involved halting hemorrhages, sharing breath with tiny lungs, or bouncing through wild rides in ambulances. 

Too many times to count, Kim stumbled home feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, yet, as she matured in her relationship with Christ and strained against self-doubt and seemingly insurmountable challenges, those intimate, sacred moments of birth transformed her. Slowly and steadily, Kim learned to play her part in a symphony of inimitable midwives and, at last, tried and tested, took her rightful place among them.

©2018 Kim Woodward Osterholzer (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A beautiful story

This is the story of a midwife and a wonderful one, but it is not a book all about midwifery. It is about Kim, her journey as a midwife and also all of her life and her connection with god. A wonderful insight for me as an NHS midwife and a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing Kim 🧡

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  • 18-07-19

Not much about midwifery in the Plain communities

I love that she recounts her calling, but the story is not much about midwifery or birth and far more about her faith, religion, money struggles, personal marriage, and church. That would be fine, but the title is misleading. Midwifery is about a calling and the rest of your life, but there is so much one could illustrate about the actual midwifery and life of the Amish that is barely touched on in this book. The audio performance has a bit of a rigid and superior tone. overall, I'm having a hard time finishing this.

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  • C A Costello
  • 09-09-18

More than I expected

This audiobook gave me more than I expected. I could see, hear, and SMELL what the author was describing.

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  • Samantha S. Ritchie
  • 28-08-18

wow

beautiful. i cried and laughed and felt like I was growing along with Kim. Even my 10 year old daughter got lost in the story. Thank you!

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  • nancy
  • 21-06-18

Loved this book

I'd give it 10 stars if I could! It is well written and well read.

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  • Molly D.
  • 11-05-18

engaging!

Excellent story about faith and daily walking with God. The information about the Amish appears to be very accurate and sensitively presented.

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  • sheila f metzger
  • 10-05-18

Outstanding read

An truly genius reading of Kim’s journey to midwifery. Funny, tear jerking and encouraging to all who may dream of becoming a midwife and even for those that do not dream of midwifery.

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  • NinaQ
  • 06-11-20

Beautiful Story

This book was absolutely wonderful! I loved hearing about Kim’s life, her passion for midwifery and her relationship with the Lord. Highly recommend!

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  • mouse 34
  • 14-09-20

Inspiring and exciting

This book is full of faith building and loving stories! If you don’t have a relationship with the living God, this will encourage you to seek Him.

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  • Autumn Ball
  • 26-07-20

love from an aspiring midwife

I've always had a fascination with birth. My mom has told me numerous times how much I used to love watching shows about birth on TV while I was young and my excitement "watching" my sister born thru a clouded glass window of the delivery room. I have wanted to be a midwife before having my own children and have wanted home births, but due to not having proper support, have had my children in the hospital. The stories in this book have helped me see more what it takes to practice midwifery and I have gained even more want to get to my goal. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Karla
  • 14-07-19

Riveting

I can’t wait for more books by this author! She is honest, engaging and captivating in her tale. Very well written and beautifully narrated.

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