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Ranked #875 out of 960 in Books

An arresting portrait of the struggles that women faced for control of their own bodies, The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare—the first daughter in five generations of Rares.

As apprentice to the outspoken Acadian midwife Miss Babineau, Dora learns to assist the women of an isolated Nova Scotian village through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies, and unfulfilling sex lives. During the turbulent World War I era, uncertainty and upheaval accompany the arrival of a brash new medical doctor and his promises of progress and fast, painless childbirth. In a clash between tradition and science, Dora finds herself fighting to protect the rights of women as well as the wisdom that has been put into her care.

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November 05, 2015


I love this book. Such a great story and an interesting glimpse into the past. The characters are very real. Such a great read!

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August 10, 2008


I was so excited to see this book here. I really liked it. It was fun to read and the pages turned themselves. I found the historical struggle for women to keep the art of childbirth at home to be well represented. As a helth care provider, and a woman (that souds funny for me to say as I still feel like i'm not 'grown up' yet) I found it interesting, heartwarming, funny, and a little bit quirky.
A great read, and it's Canadian! =)



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July 16, 2008


This is one the best reads I have had this year. A fantastic Canadian writer. Taking place around the war and the Halifax explosion, it chronicles a girl's journey into womanhood and midwifery. The characters are so distinct that they feel real! A fabulous read!

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