We have been fortunate enough to review a book called Mama Midwife by Christy Tyner.
This is a
children's book about a mouse called Miso whose mummy is a midwife. It is based
on Christy's partner's experiences of life as a midwife.
Miso has a
slumber party one night, during which her mummy rushes off to a birth. Miso's
friends are very intrigued so she explains how her mummy helps babies be born.
Then she asks her mummy if she can go along to a birth with her. There she
discovers what labour is and the power of positive thought in bringing a new
baby into the world at Mummy Grizzly Bear's homebirth.
The book we
reviewed is the original edition but it has now been updated to also include a
paragraph about placing baby on mummy's chest and having his first
This book is perfect for Lucinda. She loves midwives, loves
the Call the Midwife series on TV, and she is especially excited now we have our
own midwife for our new baby due around Christmas. So it is lovely to sit down
and read this book together in preparation for Lucinda's first experience of
I would recommend it to everyone with a young child (I'd say 3-10
years old is an appropriate age range for this book) and an upcoming birth in
the family, especially if planning a homebirth as so many other children's books
have the mummy going into hospital and bringing the new baby home. This book is
all about the baby being born at home and birth being a family
I must admit to finding this book very moving. Maybe it's the
pregnancy hormones but I do get a lump in my throat. It's a lovely birth story
though and I do wonder whether I will find myself chanting the mantra at the end
of the book while I am in labour!
Beautifully illustrated by Christy
herself, the vibrant pictures really bring the story to life. Lucinda loves
looking at the pictures in detail and sees something new every time.
book is written in American English and I do tend to read "Mommy" as "Mummy" and
"Birth Tub" as "Birth Pool" but it's not a problem! I just think it's worth
mentioning within the review. Also, on checking the website details ready for
publishing this review, I have just noticed the book is also available in
Spanish and Finnish.
It is available from Amazon in several
On amazon.com it is currently
US$17.99 for the hardback version and $10.07 for the paperback.
amazon.co.uk it is £10.79 for the hardback version and £6.21 for the
The official website of Mama Midwife is…