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The Doula

Bridget Boland

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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

Free Sample

03:45

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