Top 5 Tuesday – Books About Birth

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books About Birth

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – A feminist dystopia that objectifies women as nothing more than reproductive systems.

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell – Two alternating stories, one in the 1950s, the other 50 years later. An excellent portrayal of motherhood and a mother’s love (according to my friend who shared this to me and I hope to reading soon).

The Birth House by Ami McKay – Set in the 1900s in Canada, the main character is an apprentice midwife caught in the middle between old ways of doing things vs the new ways in terms of child birth.

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman – This is the story of a girl without a name, without parents and without a home until the village midwife found her and made her her apprentice. Eventually, she was challenged to deliver a baby in the midwife’s absence.

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue – Ireland, 1918. The world is ravaged by the Spanish flu. Nurse Julia is in charge of a small room for expectant mothers.

Have you read any of these? What’s on your list? Please share!

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