The Doula

The Doula

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Raised in a funeral home, Caroline Connors saw her mother miscarry when she was just a young girl and realized that she had a calling. Unlike her family, who guide souls on their way out, Caro chose to bring them in. As a doula, Caro spent years providing comfort and emotional support to women in labor, but when her best friend, Mary Grace, experiences complications, she makes a quick decision, taking the baby's life into her hands as her lifelong friend passes away. Now, charged with medical malpractice by Mary Grace's husband, Caro must endure a trial that threatens her professional future, questions her identity as a doula and friend, and forces her to confront a dark past that she's been hiding from for years.

In this poignant novel, Bridget Boland examines the sometimes contentious relationship between birth coaches and hospital staff and shows how a doula who intervenes during labor might save a life but then might also face medical and legal repercussions. The Doula reveals fascinating real-life elements about medical ethics, holistic medicine, and dissects the big issues about motherhood, spirituality, loyalty, and loss. It is a spellbinding, wonderful read.
ISBN: 9781451641516
Branch Call Number: BOL

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dykeslane
Aug 20, 2014

interesting book..

This story is little more than an harliquin romance. Writing style is immature and repative. There was great material here for an interesting story but the author lacks the skills to put it on paper. Speaking as a Doula who has practicesed in Ontario for over 10 years, Boland does not recognize her own biases in the dangers of child birth. I would not recommend this book.

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