The Birth House - Ami Mckay

The Birth House

By Ami Mckay

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 50 Ratings


The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of the Rare family. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing and a kitchen filled with herbs and folk remedies. During the turbulent first years of World War I, Dora becomes the midwife's apprentice. Together, they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives.

But when Gilbert Thomas, a brash medical doctor, comes to Scots Bay with promises of fast, painless childbirth, some of the women begin to question Miss Babineau's methods—and after Miss Babineau's death, Dora is left to carry on alone. In the face of fierce opposition, she must summon all of her strength to protect the birthing traditions and wisdom that have been passed down to her.

Filled with details that are as compelling as they are surprising—childbirth in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, the prescribing of vibratory treatments to cure hysteria and a mysterious elixir called Beaver Brew—Ami McKay has created an arresting and unforgettable portrait of the struggles that women faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.


  • An incredible book!

    By raynietheelf
    I absolutely love this book. It's one of my go-to books, when I just want to curl up and read something but can't decide on what.
  • Great read!

    By AppleGirly
    If you like historical fiction, sex, and drama you will love this books! The characters are so real! I felt like I was inside the village of Scots Bay! I can't wait to read her next book!
  • Wonderful!

    By Ms.Lowkey
    I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a new perspective on women's health and female relationships. I could not put this down! Highly recommend.