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Hard Pushed by Leah Hazard

Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

Leah Hazard

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2 reviews

Imprint: Hutchinson
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9781786331601

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. Life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine.

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5 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
8 Feb 2019

"this glorious, life-giving memoir by a serving NHS midwife is Hutchinson's lead non-fiction debut for 2019"

"Midwife Hazard at your cervix!" This glorious, life-giving memoir by a serving NHS midwife is Hutchinson's lead non-fiction debut for 2019. From 15-year-old pregnant Crystal and trafficked Pei Hsuan, to Eleanor and wife whose baby is a feat of reproductive science, it's a celebration of the awesomeness, both of women who labour; and of the midwives who hold them together while they do it, often on scant sleep, little food, and under intense pressure. No wonder the names of the midwives who assisted at my own births are still engraved on my heart two decades later.

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4 stars out of 5
4 May 2019

"this is an enjoyable and lively addition to the recent crop of medical memoirs"

All told, warts and all, this is an enjoyable and lively addition to the recent crop of medical memoirs that pull back the curtain on our intimate moments and leave us with the impression that as a society we really should be doing more to look after those who look after us.