Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

Leah Hazard

Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story
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Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

Leah Hazard

You haven’t slept for twenty hours, haven’t eaten for ten, and you’re in charge of twenty heavily pregnant women at midnight. Welcome to the life of a midwife.     

Life on the NHS front line is tougher than you could imagine. Marathon shifts, endless birth complications, staffing shortages, pushy families, panicking mothers – and that’s a quiet Thursday afternoon.   

But the strength and camaraderie of the women working under such intense pressure is a beautiful thing. Together, they must withstand one of the world’s most difficult job, one that produces moments of pure, absolute joy and terrible, heart-wrenching grief.     

Through the experienced eyes of Leah Hazard, we meet women from all walks of life- the scared fifteen-year-old whose baby could be months premature, the same-sex couple whose child will be a miracle of modern medicine, the woman giving birth in a room drenched in essential oils and love, and the mother-to-be whose tale of exploitation and endurance has carried her thousands of miles to Leah’s ward.   

Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s fellow midwives – there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives. 

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