Date: Wednesday, November 13
Location: Branch District Library, Coldwater
Kim Osterholzer, a midwife who's received nearly 600 babies since 1993, ushers us behind the doors of Amish homes as she recounts her lively and life-changing adventures learning the heart and craft of midwifery.
In her book, A Midwife in Amish Country, Kim chronicles the escapades of her nine-year apprenticeship grappling with the joys and struggles of homebirth as she tags along with the woman who helped her birth her own children at home. Some births kept her from home for days on end; others she missed by heart-pounding seconds. Yet every birth enthralled her, whether she was halting hemorrhages, blowing air into tiny lungs, or bouncing through wild rides in ambulances. Too many times to count, Kim stumbled home feeling overwhelmed and inadequate—yet as she strained against her misgivings, self-doubts, and seemingly insurmountable challenges, those sacred moments transformed her into a woman of power and conviction.
Her experiences taught her the heart of true midwifery—stroking, smoothing, wiping, tidying, nourishing, comforting, hearing, encouraging, validating, and witnessing. Slowly, steadily, Kim learned to play her part as midwife to the Amish—women unflagging in their passion to welcome new lives—and at last, tried and tested, took her rightful place among them.
Register for this talk at https://www.branchdistrictlibrary.org/register or by calling (517) 278-2341 ex. 100.
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