Ever since I binge-watched “Call the Midwife” on Netflix I’ve been intrigued by midwifery, and “The Mountain Midwife” by Laurie Alice Eakes did not disappoint. It’s about a midwife named Ashley Tolliver who lives in the Appalachian mountains helping a wide socio-economic-range of patients.
Ashley has serious medical skills behind her, not some sort of flimsy online certificate like you might see an unnamed reality TV start brag about. She has a nursing degree from Georgetown and a masters in midwifery. Baby catching is in Ashley’s blood because her ancestors have been assisting with births for the past two hundred years. When she meets Hunter McDermott, a man in search of his birth mother, Ashley relies on the past–as well as her present skills–to solve a mystery that touches some of the most vulnerable patients in her community.
Eakes does a fabulous job of describing Appalachia as a real place instead of a stereotype. Yes, she includes characters trapped in poverty, but she also describes people who live in renovated Victorians and eat at posh restaurants. I’ve never been to Appalachia, but I feel like I understand it a little better having read this book.
“The Mountain Midwife” is an enjoyable story that holds up well in terms of plot, tension, and just enough medical/scientific detail to be realistic. Thank you to BookLook for providing me with a free copy in exchange for my honest opinions and review.