Review: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian


Book Information:
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Vintage Books
Published in 1997
ISBN 0375706771
374 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


5 out of 5

Sibyl Danforth, a midwife in rural Vermont, has made the mistake of accidentally killing her patient, one she thought died, in order to save the baby. Now she faces the law, doctors, and her own conscience in order to prove that her patient really was dead before she did the emergency c-section on the mother. What will the jury deciding her fate pick – guilty or not guilty?

Been awhile since I have read this, so I will try to make a semi-decent review out of it.

The story is told through the eyes of Sibyl’s daughter and includes entries from Sibyl’s journal. It has a mixture of law, medical, family problems, and other interesting things. Also, the description in this book is very well done, and you can tell that the author did a lot of research before jumping into writing the book.

There are some parts where you want to break down and cry, and a couple of times, where you actually want to read ahead and find out the outcome — since the court parts were kind of boring and exciting at the same time. ^^;

I definitely recommend this book. It has a little bit of everything for everyone; however, there are some things that children definitely shouldn’t read about in it. It is also perfect for any class that is studying ethics or anyone who is planning on going into the medical field.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Chris Bohjalian
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet The Lost Entwife
$New_Bullet Croak

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