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Author: Bridget Boland Narrator: Madeleine Maby Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442352889

Publisher Description

Raised in a funeral home, Caroline Connors saw her mother miscarry when she was just a young girl and realized that she had a calling. Unlike her family, who guided souls on their way out, Caro chose to bring them in.

As a doula, Caro spent years providing comfort and emotional support to women in labor. But when her best friend, Mary Grace, experiences complications, she makes a quick decision, taking the baby’s life into her hands as her lifelong friend passes away. Now, charged with medical malpractice by Mary Grace’s husband, Caro must endure a trial that threatens her professional future, questions her identity as a doula and friend, and forces her to confront a dark past that she’s been hiding from for years.

In this poignant novel, Bridget Boland examines the sometimes contentious relationship between birth coaches and hospital staff and shows how a doula who intervenes during labor might save a life but then might also face medical and legal repercussions. The Doula reveals fascinating real-life elements about medical ethics and holistic medicine, and dissects the big issues about motherhood, spirituality, loyalty, and loss.

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  • “Bridget Boland has written a powerhouse of a debut novel. The Doula takes an unflinching look at some of the worst calamities that can befall a life, and shows us the grace and redemption that can grow out of our darkest moments. Never sentimental, but with real compassion that rings true on every page, Boland takes us on a hard-fought journey toward genuine wisdom.”

    - Ben Fountain, New York Times bestselling author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good book, easy reading. Deeper subject matter. Worth reading. "

    - Jessica, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Great story! "

    - Fayewallet, 1/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " WOW! Fantastic story line and the author is a Doula herself. I would recommend this for any Doula out there! "

    - Sharon, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Struggled at times with the protagonist's journey, but enjoyed the story nonetheless. "

    - Caroline, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I liked it. Portions dragged, but I always wanted to read more. "

    - Debra, 10/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " i thought this book was kinda boring. the beginning has a lot of death & tragedy- which is kinda shocking at 1st - but then it quickly becomes blah & boring. it didn't keep my interest, there was a lot of drama & he said she said but nothing that really tickled my fancy "

    - Taryn, 10/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read this in 2 days. Liked it very much, I always wanted to know whst psrt a doula plays in a babys birth!!! "

    - Crubano410comcast.comnone, 9/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " not too thrilled with this book, but it was an easy read, it did not pull me into the story. "

    - Beverly, 7/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A beautiful book about the resiliency of spirit and necessity to share your truth even during the most heart wrenching of circumstances. "

    - Katherine, 3/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Received as a First Reads give away. Touching. With reading despite a slower start. This one will have you thinking and reflecting on life and all it's beauty. "

    - Russeller, 2/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I found the main character to be whiney and annoying. What she really needed was a good therapist. "

    - Nedra, 1/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good book. It starts a little slow but good read. "

    - Chene, 12/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " just o.k. the author is definitely about pushing her childbirth agenda. I had home births with midwives so it wasn't the message that I didn't like...just the preachy tone. the protagonist wasn't a doula that I would hire - too whiny and unsure of herself... "

    - Tina, 11/6/2012

About the Author

Bridget Boland is a writer, yoga teacher, energetic healer, doula, and former attorney. Her work has won the Writers League of Texas Memoir Prize, and the Surrey Writers Conference Nonfiction Contest. She lives in Dallas, Texas. 

About the Narrator

Madeleine Maby is a voice talent and AudioFile Earphones Award—winning narrator.