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The Baby's Coming A Story of Dedication by an Independent Midwife by Virginia Howes
  

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Thinking she was still broody after 4 children, Virginia Howes realised that it was the birth that mattered most to her and she wanted more than anything to train as a midwife to help other women. Now she can look back on her long struggle to qualify, her career in the NHS and as an independent midwife recalling some of her most satisfying cases.

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The Baby's Coming A Story of Dedication by an Independent Midwife by Virginia Howes

Virginia Howes was a mother of four doing the ironing when she had a revelation. Still broody, but not really wanting to add to her family, she realised that becoming a midwife was her true vocation. It was a long journey to get the education and qualifications she needed, especially with a young family, but she was determined and never doubted her decision. Following her training, she spent three years working within the NHS, but her naturally independent spirit fought against the constraints of the system and twelve years ago she decided to set up on her own. Virginia works with mothers who want to give birth at home naturally, something which Virginia believes in passionately. 350 births later, Virginia still loves what she does. The Baby's Coming is Virginia's memoir and tells the stories of her training as a midwife as well as some of the most memorable of those 350 births: the most dramatic, the most touching. Virginia particularly remembers the births of her own grandchildren whose arrivals in the world were some of the most special moments for her as both a midwife and grandmother.

About the Author

Virginia Howes has been an independent midwife since 2000, setting up the Kent Midwifery Practice with her friend Kay in 2003. She is on the board of Independent Midwives UK and is a vocal campaigner for them, and for women's rights to choose a birth that is treated as a normal physiological part of life, rather than a medical emergency. She shares her time between Ashford, Kent, where she lives with her partner Sean and youngest daughter, and the family home in Turkey. All four of her own children are now grown-up and she is grandmother to three boys and a girl - with another on the way in September.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th March 2014

Author

Virginia Howes

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
Midwifery

ISBN

9781472211736

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