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The Doula

Bridget Boland

In the powerful tradition of Chris Bohjalian's Midwives and Jodi Picoult's Handle With Care comes a riveting debut novel about a doula, trained to support women and their families during childbirth, on trial for her best friend's death. 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 guide 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, holistic medicine, and dissects the big issues about motherhood, spirituality, loyalty, and loss.

In the powerful tradition of Chris Bohjalian's Midwives and Jodi Picoult's Handle With Care comes a riveting debut novel about a doula, trained to support women and their families during childbirth, on trial for her best friend's death. 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 guide 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, holistic medicine, and dissects the big issues about motherhood, spirituality, loyalty, and loss.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In the powerful tradition of Chris Bohjalian's Midwives and Jodi Picoult's Handle With Care comes a riveting debut novel about a doula, trained to support women and their families during childbirth, on trial for her best friend's death. 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 guide 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, holistic medicine, and dissects the big issues about motherhood, spirituality, loyalty, and loss.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Madeleine Maby

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:35


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

20:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

13:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

10:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:06