Cara Muhlhahn is the midwife who was featured in the film, The Business of Being Born. I was impressed with her in the film, and I just found out today that she's writing a book, "Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir," (Kaplan Publishing, January 2009). She has allowed the Bobb to publish a chapter of her book on their blog as a free preview to anyone interested in reading it.
“Reading this book comes second only to the moving experience of having Cara deliver your baby. Candid, funny, passionate, exhilarating, and occasionally heartbreaking, this story will undoubtedly speak to readers interested in the unsung super-heroism of midwives. But it will also appeal to anyone who has contemplated how to fully integrate life and work. In this era of compartmentalizing, Cara moves with dervish like grace between baby-catching, parenthood, spirituality, travel, and, well, even parking to show us that with the right combination of humility and drive, anything is possible.”-Daphne Beal, author of In the Land of No Right Angles.
I read the excerpt this morning, and I really like it. Cara has a peace about her even though she leads a busy life, and she has a beautiful respect for life and the process of pregnancy and birth. It's an uplifting read, so I hope you'll take some time to enjoy it.