Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga
by Carol Leonard

[2008, Hopkinton, New Hampshire: Bad Beaver Publishing, 363 pages, paperback.]

[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 88, Winter 2008, © 2008, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Cheryl K. Smith.]

Midwives old and young—as well as those who just enjoy a good read—will devour this memoir by a “foremother of the modern midwifery movement.” Carol Leonard, like many midwives, had the first inkling of her call to midwifery with the mechanized, hospital approach to the birth of her son. She tells a tale of her midwifery apprenticeship and practice, with all the twists and turns and complications that entails, as well as the rebirth of midwifery in New Hampshire and the US that began in the 1970s. Her tenacity, love and commitment to women shine in this account of her personal journey through life as a midwife, a mother and a wife. This book is a must-read!

Reviewer Cheryl K. Smith is an editor and a writer who gave up lawyering to raise miniature dairy goats in the coast range of Oregon. She is currently working on a book on goat health care (

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