I just finished reading a book that my friend Anthia recommended a few months ago – The Birthouse by Ami McKay. The novel tells the story of Dora Rare, a woman born to a family of Brothers in Nova Scotia.
The Amazon excerpt reads: “The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.”
I found the book to be incredibly absorbing and engaging – a great read!