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Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

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Published: May 2019
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Author: Leah Hazard
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BIC Subject: Autobiography: science, technology & medicine
 
Published: 21-May-2019
Format: Paperback, 304 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781786331618
Stock Code: 6331618
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No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers...Welcome to the life of a midwife. Leah Hazard?s work in the maternity wards of the NHS frontline is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, Leah has seen it all. Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Mrs Bhatti, a Bangladeshi lady who insists that Leah simply must write her own elaborate thank-you card; and Pei Hsuan, who has travelled hundreds of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah?s ward. Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah?s fellow midwives - there for us at the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers...Welcome to the life of a midwife. Leah Hazard?s work in the maternity wards of the NHS frontline is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, Leah has seen it all. Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Mrs Bhatti, a Bangladeshi lady who insists that Leah simply must write her own elaborate thank-you card; and Pei Hsuan, who has travelled hundreds of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah?s ward. Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah?s fellow midwives - there for us at the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.
Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife in Scotland. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women?s health after the birth of her first daughter in 2003. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah?s second daughter in 2006 prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.
 
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