Midwives in kids’ books?

13 February 2010 at 1:28 am 4 comments

I’ve been thinking that I’d really like a great kids’ book (picture book, really) about a midwife. A quick search on Amazon revealed this possibility: a little girl’s mother is called to help another mama give birth at Christmas, and they go to the mama’s house and the little girl amuses the other kids while their mama is in labor. Despite the 1880s setting, the Amazon description calls the girl’s mother “a doctor”–I’m not sure, without seeing the book, if that’s what the book says, or if that’s just what modern descriptions say. She’s got to be a midwife, though, and I would love it if the book made that explicit. 

I really do want a midwife/homebirth book for kids, though–something other than the typical “new baby comes home from the hospital” type of book that I see all over the place–so for now I’m writing my own book instead. I figure I’ll make it up on Shutterfly or something like that and use my own photos for it.

Readers, any other leads on midwives in picture books? There definitely are some historical chapter-books with midwives, but I’m thinking of something for the toddler to preschool set.



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  • 1. Jen  |  13 February 2010 at 4:53 pm

    The book “A Chair for Always” by Vera B. Williams is a newer book that describes a homebirth with a midwife beautifully. The homebirth is not the central theme of the book but it portrays it as normal and wonderful The family wanted the “baby born in the midst of her family, in her own house.” We loved it! This book is a follow up to “A Chair for My Mother”.

  • 2. mfom  |  13 February 2010 at 7:33 pm

    ha! i was going to post this week about the book we bought for our upcoming homebirth for our 3 yr old: We’re Having a Homebirth!! written & illustrated Kelly Mochel.

    we still are thinking about writing our own book for our son so we can talk about what specifically is going to happen at our house (for example, it doesn’t talk about who will be with their child during the birth, and we, for example, are having a doula come to the house just for him), but i think it’s a very nice, basic story about a homebirth. i would definitely recommend it!

    • 3. Christina Michaud  |  14 February 2010 at 8:21 am

      ooh, great! I am so excited to look up these two! Thanks for the suggestions!

  • 4. guinever  |  20 February 2010 at 10:33 am

    “Welcome with Love” has a midwife. I love “Baby, Come Out” but there is a doctor at the end rather than a midwife. And the baby doesn’t come out until the doctor gets there, but the illustrations are totally delightful!
    I reviewed my favorite 9 books for kids for when baby is on the way. http://birthingwithguinever.com/2009/12/09/top-9-books-for-childrenwhen-baby-is-on-the-way/


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