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Touching Bellies, Touching Lives

Touching Bellies, Touching Lives

Midwives of Southern Mexico Tell Their Stories

by Judy Gabriel

I fell in love with this book immediately. Gabriel gives a moving and honest account of the personal experiences and practices of a host of traditional midwives in rural Mexico.

Intended to engage, enrich, and inspire, Gabriel’s work tells of the women who received generations of babies into their hands when knowledge about childbirth came from women’s bodies, from instinct, from dreams, and from other women. The stories unfold in the context of high-intervention obstetrics and soaring Cesarean rates, a world that often degrades women and violates the sanctity of birth. The deeply personal connections between the author and the midwives and their families is beautiful. True to the title of the book, almost all of the midwives have access to nurturing touch–but hardly any other resources–and yet almost all of them report never losing a baby or a mother in childbirth. Touching Bellies, Touching Lives is sure to get you hooked, warm your heart, and open your eyes to the important work of granny midwives.

Wholeheartedly recommended!


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