CONCORD, N.H. — Announcing a new book from Bad Beaver Publishing, “Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart, A Midwife’s Saga” (ISBN 978-0-615-19550-6, 368 Pages, Price: $15.00), by author Carol Leonard. Often laugh-out-loud funny and irreverent, occasionally disturbing and deeply sorrowful, “Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart” is the saga of Ms. Leonard’s journey as New Hampshire’s first modern midwife. Her story intertwines three threads: her dedication to the mothers and babies she was groomed to attend; the growing renaissance, despite formidable opposition, of the profession of midwifery in New Hampshire and then in the United States; and finally, a powerful, tragic love story.

Bad Beaver PublishingAccording to Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery, “Carol Leonard’s memoir of becoming a midwife in New Hampshire during the mid-1970s overflows with her gifts as a storyteller as well as intuitive midwife. Inspiring, often hilarious, always touching and full of beans, she takes us through her apprenticeship with an old country doctor, the politics of the U.S. midwifery movement and her own personal story of love, loss and deep dedication to women’s health. She’s my kind of midwife!”

Carol Leonard, a “foremother of the modern midwifery movement,” is a N.H. Certified Midwife who has been practicing for the last three decades. She is co-founder of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) representing all midwives in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, serving one term as President of MANA. Her work to improve maternity care in Moscow, Russia, was featured on 20/20 and was written into Congressional Record.

She has delivered approximately 1,200 babies safely in their own homes.

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