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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Special Deliveries: Life Changing Moments by D.J. Kirkby


**Platinum Note: This review was provided by Charissa Nelson, a NEW Platinum reviewer whom we have decided to add to our site. Please make Charissa feel welcome & I hope you enjoy her reviews! ~ VRS

Upon opening Special Deliveries by D.J. Kirkby, I had no idea what to expect. I did not read a blurb or excerpt from the book. After reading the introduction and discovering this book was a compilation of short stories reflecting experiences the author witnessed during her time as a midwife, I was admittedly a little worried that it wouldn’t be quite up my alley. Boy was I wrong. The book is separated into sections dealing with everything from love and special bonds parents have to births that involve deep grief and unexpected sadness. I found myself completely enthralled by the stories and the author’s descriptions and personal snippets had me laughing, crying, cringing, and sitting on the edge of my seat. Unable to put the book down, I finished it in one sitting. Being a mother myself, I was amazed at the miracles, strength, humor, strange requests and everything else Ms. Kirkby encountered during her career as a midwife. Do not let the subject of this book steer you away. It is a must read and you will forever have a different view on pregnancy and childbirth. 
This is a 5 platinum ring read all the way!

Platinum gives "Special Deliveries & Ms. Kirkby:
5 Platinum Rings!

Singing vicars, baby whisperers, divas, deviants and more! Find out what really happens behind the closed doors of labour rooms, on inpatient wards, during outpatients clinics and inside homes. Special Deliveries is crammed full of stories about life changing moments that will appeal to anyone with an interest in pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Identifying factors and events have been altered so that all the stories within this book, although based on elements of factual midwifery practice, have been fictionalized in order to maintain the anonymity and / or confidentiality of those the author cared for and worked with throughout the years.

Oh yes, the glamour of being a midwife
just goes on and on, let me tell you. The chemical needs to end up behind the
cervix at the very top of your vagina and to get it there via the natural method
using sperm women need to have sexual intercourse in the doggy- or
cowboy-style positions. It is at this point in the conversations that I always
hold my breath for just a few seconds, hoping that the couple will admit to
knowing what these positions are so that I do not have to go on and describe
them further. On one occasion I even had to resort to drawing the position out
for a woman whose English wasn’t very good and who had refused to have
her husband in the room for the conversation. I felt drawings would help
ensure that she understood exactly what I was saying but my artistic skills are
rudimentary at best and I had to resort to drawing stick figures. She got the
message but laughed until tears leaked from her eyes at my artistic rendering,
folded the paper and stuck it in her pocket. When her husband was brought
back in she began speaking to him in their own language, patting her pocket
and laughing again. I didn’t dare ask what she was saying to him about the
induction methods we had discussed but I suspected that it wasn’t anything
complimentary about my drawings. However, her laughter was contagious
and the room felt light and happy long after they had left...

                                   ~~~FIND D.J. KIRKBY HERE ON FACEBOOK~~~

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