Midwives in Passage provides a unique look at the organization of midwifery from
the vantage point of several generations of midwives in the Canadian province of Newfoundland
and Labrador. The author explores the social factors that undermine or enhance midwives'
control over their education and practice, and calls into question both traditional and
recent assumptions concerning professionalism for female service workers.
". . . pertinent to graduate or advanced undergraduate students in nursing, the allied health
professions and women's studies . . . for several reasons: the sociological framework; the
discussion of midwifery issues; the relevance to other emerging and feminized professions;
the problems of any profession trying to survive within a bureaucracy; and the historical
interest in the data relating to the 'granny' midwives and the cottage hospital system."--
M.K. Matthews, Memorial University School of Nursing