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"Oh, Baby!" by Judy Baer

Updated on December 12, 2013

Home or Hospital, Doctor or Doula

Once upon a time, when it was time for a child to be born, a doctor went in, kicked the father out, and did all the dirty work. Except sometimes it wasn't a doctor. Sometimes it was a midwife. And while some people cherished the work a midwife did, others thought that a midwife was one step away from witchcraft or quackery.

These days much has changed in the world of childbirth. If a woman wants she can deliver her baby in a sterile hospital room with an epidural, or go all natural in an inflatable wading pool in their own bedroom. And these days the husbands get to stay with the wives, usually risking a broken finger or two and threats of, "I'm never letting you touch me again!"

One thing that has not changed, however, is that a woman can still choose to have a doctor deliver for her, or choose the help of a midwife.

Unfortunately, some doctors views on the medicine of midwifery have not changed at all.


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Doula Vs. Doctor

Published by Steeple Hill Books, "Oh, Baby!" is a christian novel about life, love, and faith.

Molly Cassidy is a doula who is totally devoted to her mothers. Clay Reynolds is an OB who is totally deovted to HIS mothers, but has a stern beleif that the birthing room is no place for anyone other than the doctor, the mother and maybe the father as long as he stays out of the way.

From the moment Dr. Reynolds comes onto the staff of the Bradshaw Medical Center, he and Molly butt heads and make sparks fly.


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My Review

I don't normally read christian novels or romance novels, but accidentally stumbled over Judy Baer in the library because the back cover of her book "Norah's Ark" teased me into reading it. I enjoyed "Norah's Ark" so thought I'd give another one of her books a go.

I picked up "Oh, Baby!" because of the back cover blurb mentioning crying onto the shoulder of her potbellied pig, Geranium.

Molly Cassidy, our main character, is a bright, spirited woman from a large Irish family. She has become a doula, or birthing coach, and loves her job, and loves her mothers. She's planning on opening a central spot in Bradshaw Medical where expectant mothers can be matched up with the perfect doula for them.

Then Dr. Reynolds, grandson of THE Dr. Bradshaw, comes to work at Bradshaw Medical. He is the obstetrician in charge, and has very strict policies on who should and should not be allowed in the birthing rooms. He does not want Molly anywhere near the expectant women, who he think of as HIS mothers.

Whenever Dr. Reynolds says Jump, the entire staff of Bradshaw says How High, and Molly sees her chances for Doula Central going down the drain.

She tries to stay away from Dr. Reynolds, feeling he hates doulas in general and her in particular, but it seems the harder she tries to avoid him, the more he shows up where she is. She finds his personality AWAY from the hospital is very different from his personaliy IN the hospital and feels herself falling for it.

It IS a Christian novel, and the theme of this one seems to be that God does answer prayers, but he answer them in his own time, and in ways you may never expect.

About the Author

Judy Baer is the author of more than 75 books.

She grew up as an only child on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota.

She graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota with majors in English and education and a minor in religion. Her first book was written with a toddler on her lap. Judy would type a few words and say "Now, Jennifer." He two year old daughter would hit the space bar so Judy could continue writing.

In 2001 Judy became a certified professional life coach. In 2008 Judy completed her Master's program. She studied in the areas of writing and coaching. Now certified in three coaching disciplines, Judy coaches primarily professional and aspiring writers. She is also a faculty advisor in the Department of Human Development at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. She is married, lives in Minnesota, has two daughters and three step children.


(Portrait from Judy Baer's Amazon author page. )

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      One homeschool family here has had 14 children, all delivered at home.