A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a midwife
New York City- PBS hit series “Call the Midwife” is entering its third season coming this spring. Although midwife Sakina O’Uhuru did not practice in London during the 1950s like the characters on the show, her expertise on the subject is unrivaled, and she shares it with readers in her new book.
In her book, “Journey to Birth,” Sakina O’Uhuru uncovers the world of midwifery and the value of the work they perform. As O’Uhuru shares each birth journey and the incredible challenges she faced, readers will come to understand the true meaning of minimal intervention and the importance of out-of-hospital labor and birth.
As O’Uhuru reveals the experience of each delivery, she speaks of the life-changing lessons she learned, both joyful and painful. Her hope is that her encounters open women’s minds to the idea of midwifery and the pleasure it brings.
“I wrote this book because I want others to share in the joy I felt with each journey, and I never want to forget a labor, a client or her birth story,” O’Uhuru said.
Not only does the author discuss the personal benefits of midwifery, but she also analyzes the political and economical advantages it presents, explaining the effect it can have on health care costs and infant mortality rates.
O’Uhuru, a midwife for 17 years and now owner of her own practice, cherishes the connections she made with each woman and treasures the revelations brought about by each birth.
“Each woman, her family and her birth journey helped transform me, my life and my practice,” O’Uhuru said.
“Journey to Birth”
By Sakina O’Uhuru
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and AuthorHouse online bookstores
About the Author
Sakina O’Uhuru has been practicing midwifery for 17 years and has been providing maternal child health care in underserved areas for more than 30 years. She received her master’s degree at SUNY Downstate Midwifery Program and is a licensed midwife in New Jersey and New York. She founded her own practice in 2002 called Gentle Spirit Midwifery Women’s Health Service, which offers comprehensive women’s health care services. She now resides in Teaneck, N.J. where she continues her work as a midwife.