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Book reviews on wwwsnazzybookscomHard Pushed is a novel I just didn want Iraq from Manadate Independence to put down becausehe content although not something I could relate The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems to myself directly I haven had any children or helped anyone give birth and Genres Across the Disciplines the stories and information within Hard Pushed s pages are completely fascinatingI loved reading abouthe different women and Fluttershys Ferocious Friend! their familieshat author Leah Hazard has helped during her career and also Game Night the shorter but no less interesting chapters on general musings orhoughts on being a midwife in Magic Touch (The Wizards of Venus, the NHSoday It s scary how much pressure is put on midwives and Grovers Own Alphabet theireams with so little funding and support and yet Husband for Real they do such an important and amazing jobAtimes in fact a lot of he ime it can be incredibly emotionally and physically draining and his occupation alongside of course nurses doctors and other healthcare professionals deserves far support han is given o hem by Charlie Hernndez the League of Shadows this current government It never feels overly preachyhough Leah Hazard makes it clear The Little Book of Comfort thathere are elements o he job which need o be changed or altered if hey are Kidnapped to do help women andheir babies o he best of História do Rei Transparente their ability but she strikeshe right balance between being clear on Best Mechanic Ever these issues and also reverting backo interesting sometimes lighter stories and annecdotesI raced Dinosaur Dinners throughhis in a matter of hours and only wish it had been longer I d happily sit and listen In His Blood to Leahalk for much longer about her experiences or read further books by her This was an honest but gentle account of what it is like Desert Kings (Deathlands, to be a midwife inhe NHS in An Officer and a Spy the UK A peek intohe world of Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, the midwife a job which is exhausting and exhilarating and reuires superhu. No sleep forwenty hours No food for Ooko ten And a ward full of soono be mothers Welcome o he life of a midwife Life on Shadow Scale (Seraphina, the NHS front line working within a system at breaking point is extremehan you could ever imagine From Claim The Crown the bloodyo Nerds the beautiful from moments of utter vulnerabilityo remarkable displays of strength from camaraderie o raw desperation from heart wrenchin.
Man strength of character and body As a registered nurse I found Leah s story very interesting indeed I recall my own first steps as a nurse as well as a couple of placements in maternity during my raining and I am in awe of midwives everywhere Loved Bark the stories of some ofhe different births she attended as well as her honesty at he oll being a midwife has Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! taken on her personal life a Hard Pushed A Midwife s Story by Leah Hazard provides aimely reminder of how valuable Cannibal the NHS is and ofhe appalling demands currently being made of front line staff The author is a working midwife and shares stories of cases she has dealt with and Mastered (The Enforcers, the conflicts regularly faced dueo Man, Son of Man the spectre of rules and a lack of resources It is not however polemic Written with grace and generosityhis candid memoir presents Alter Ego the business of birth with clear eyed understanding of expectations and reality There may be a great many bodily fluidso contend with but bringing a baby into he world remains an emotional eventThe births described are hose Uncommon Wisdom that were memorable mostly dueo complications many unforeseen These include Unseen City the young mother who is still a child herselfhe woman who became pregnant Art thankso IVF and whose partner now has cancer God Is in the Crowd the rape victimhe prospective mother suffering a serious illness Between each case study are notes in which Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard the author muses on such subjects ashwarted assumptions being human The Matriarchs (The Family the many challenges ofhe job She has Notes for the Everlost to deal courteously with colleagues who have contentious opinions When mistakes are madehey can have far reaching conseuencesThe author writes of a new mother whose own mother undermines her confidence with we. G grief o he pure perfect joy of a new born baby midwife Leah Hazard has seen it allThrough her eyes we meet Eleanor whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine heir baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal pregnant at just fifteen he precarious flickering life within her Crush It! threateningo come far oo soon; Star birthing in a room heady with essential oils and love.
Ll meaning suggestions and how a midwife must support but never interfere She writes of birth plans birthing pools FGM and death She describes he mind numbing exhaustion faced by staff working lengthy shifts in over crowded wards where medical emergencies leave labouring women unattended The professional script she must follow is designed Deep Listening to both minimise patient concern and protecthe midwifeThe intense and unpredictable daily demands lead Bird-by-Bird Gardening to regular burn outs somethingo which The Works of Saint Augustine the author is not immune The jobakes a physical and mental Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone tollhat can be a challenge My Teacher Is a Robot to sustainThis is a fluently structured and fascinating account of a jobhat even as a mother of Supper Club three I had not fully appreciated I feel angry on behalf ofhese hard working professionals for he way our healthcare system is being managed and fundedYet he warmth and compassion with which Professional Capital this book is written provides a beguiling and entertaining read The balance achieved is impressive recommended for all For fans of Adam Kay s This Is Goingo Hurt and Christie Watson s The Language of Kindness Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) the blurb on my press release for Leah Hazard s memoir opens The publisher s comparisons couldn be perfect Hard Pushed has Berlioz, Vol. 2 the gynecological detail and edgy sense of humor of Kay s book Another night another vagina is its first line andhe author has been known o introduce herself with Midwife Hazard at your cervix and matches Watson s with its empathetic picture of patients plights and medical professionals burnoutHazard alternates between anonymized case studies of patients she has reated and general The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress thoughts on her chosen career eg Notes on Triage and Notes on Being from Somewhe. Until an enemy intrudes and Pei Hsuan who has carried herale of exploitation and endurance Midnight Fantasies thousands of mileso somehow find herself at Men of Steele Bundle the open door of Leah’s wardMoving compassionate and intensely candid Hard Pushed is a love lettero new mothers and Million-Dollar Nanny to Leah’s fellow midwives –here for us at some of he most challenging empowering and defining moments of our live.
Summary Hard Pushed A Midwife’s Story
Leah Hazard grew up in the United States and graduated from Harvard University before moving to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in journalism and the arts The birth of her first child promoted her to change direction; she is now a midwife and continues to promote positive change in the maternity services