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Hard Pushed : A Midwife's Story

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten.
And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers...

Midwives are there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives. From heart-wrenching grief to the pure joy of a new-born baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all.

But life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine.

Moving and compassionate, funny and unexpected, Leah shares her experiences in this extraordinary love letter to new mothers and fellow midwives everywhere.
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'The stories in Hard Pushed highlight the bravery of our midwives, and the women they care for.' CHRISTIE WATSON, author of The Language of Kindness

'Heart-rending, inspiring and funny, Hard Pushed brings alive the world of midwifery in all its complexity and radiates love and respect for women.' PROFESSOR LESLEY PAGE CBE, former president of the Royal College of Midwives

'It is Leah Hazard's capacity to love and give so personally to the many thousands of women she has worked with which imbues this book with its power.' JULIA SAMUEL, author of Grief Works

'Not only powerful but well written too . . . a worthwhile addition to a genre fast becoming as crowded as a busy maternity unit.' DAILY EXPRESS

'A riveting read: heartwarming and heartbreaking' SHEENA BYROM OBE, midwifery consultant and author of Catching Babies

'A beautifully written, intimate portrait of the extraordinary work that midwives carry out each and every day.' CAROLINE ELTON, author of Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 34mm | 483g
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786331608
  • 9781786331601
  • 271,481

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"Hard Pushed charts a midwife’s most personal moments of triumph and devastating loss in a way that expands our understanding and gratitude to them. Leah Hazard’s ‘microdoses’ of love are exactly what we need at a time of transforming intensity. It is her capacity to love and give so personally to the many thousands of women she has worked with which imbues this book with its power."
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Captures the universal love, fear, despair and hope that underpins humanity. Leah's dedication to women within a system that's crushing midwives transforms the everyday stories of childbirth into a page-turning testament to the power of compassion. -- Rebecca Schiller, author of Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan and Chief Executive of Birth Rights A fascinating book, packed with stories from the front line. * i news * A beautifully written, intimate portrait of the extraordinary work that midwives carry out each and every day. -- Caroline Elton, author of ALSO HUMAN: The Inner Lives of Doctors Hard Pushed charts a midwife's most personal moments of triumph and devastating loss in a way that expands our understanding and gratitude to them. Leah Hazard's 'microdoses' of love are exactly what we need at a time of transforming intensity. It is her capacity to love and give so personally to the many thousands of women she has worked with which imbues this book with its power. -- JULIA SAMUEL, author of GRIEF WORKS It is a story beautifully told, intelligent and eloquent, that brings alive the fascination of midwifery, and radiates love and respect for women . . . Thank you Leah for telling our story so well. * Midwifery Digest * A riveting read: heartwarming and heartbreaking. -- Sheena Byrom OBE, midwifery consultant and author of Catching Babies With respect, humour, exasperation and affection, she tells stories of the women she has helped through the intense physical and mental work of labour . . . Powerful and provocative. * Sun on Sunday * Part hymn to the strength of the pregnant and labouring women and part "warning shot, a battle cry" for a system in crisis... Abundant heart-warming and moving birth stories... Her tone is deeply reassuring... not only powerful but well-written too.' * Daily Express * You will laugh, cry and not quite believe what you read. I loved every word. * Sun * Heart-rending, inspiring and funny, Hard Pushed brings alive the world of midwifery in all its complexity and radiates love and respect for women, even in the most frantic and anxiety-ridden moments. -- Professor Lesley Page CBE, former president of the Royal College of Midwives A 'love letter' to midwives everywhere - which brings the maternity ward to life in all its gory, humorous and touching glory. * Telegraph * Leah Hazard describes the challenges and dedication of those working in the NHS. The stories in Hard Pushed highlight the bravery of our midwives, and the women they care for. -- CHRISTIE WATSON, author of THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS
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About Leah Hazard

Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women's health after the birth of her first daughter. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah's second daughter prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.
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