Baby catcher : chronicles of a modern midwife by Peggy Vincent

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By Peggy Vincent

During this attractive account of her profession as a midwife, Vincent describes the hilarious, occasionally scary, occasions surrounding the looks of a brand new human being.

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Voting drives and school desegregation. Governor Wallace with his dogs. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan singing songs of protest. C. Battles raged everywhere, but they didn’t penetrate Duke’s hallowed Gothic campus. Our honeysuckle world remained serene, protected, and oh so white. As the sun set at the end of those long, hot afternoons, frogs croaked in the woods, magnolia blossoms drifted to the grass, and the Westinghouse fans whirred in our windows. We sat on the cool linoleum floor in white cotton underwear, and between bridge hands we shared snippets of our day.

She stared into my eyes, and I met her gaze, nodding my head in time with her steady breathing. I heard myself talking softly to her, unaware of the actual words I spoke, just fitting them into the pattern of her humming. I rocked with her swaying body and allowed her to slump against me toward the end. And often she smiled and patted my hand. She still made me feel like a waggle-tailed puppy, but I kind of liked it. She relaxed and took a deep breath. So did I. “We’ll do fine together. And we’ll have fun, you’ll see,” she whispered.

Voting drives and school desegregation. Governor Wallace with his dogs. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan singing songs of protest. C. Battles raged everywhere, but they didn’t penetrate Duke’s hallowed Gothic campus. Our honeysuckle world remained serene, protected, and oh so white. As the sun set at the end of those long, hot afternoons, frogs croaked in the woods, magnolia blossoms drifted to the grass, and the Westinghouse fans whirred in our windows. We sat on the cool linoleum floor in white cotton underwear, and between bridge hands we shared snippets of our day.

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