“It is the gift of midwifery to be present at the hour of birth, to speak courage and potency to the mother, to tell her that she is capable of delivering this new life into the world…
“A faithful midwife learns to love, to cry, to pray, and to say good-bye.” Thus ends the prologue to Jane Kirkpatrick’s novella A Mother’s Cry. The story that was included in both The Midwife’s Legacy (2012) and The American Dream (2015).
The Midwife’s Legacy – Four novellas, four authors, a common story thread
Peek into an aged journal that links the adventurous lives of four courageous midwives. Wisconsin farmer, widow, mother, and midwife Adele Marley is too busy for a smitten, unwavering banker. To survive in love and life, Polly Schultz must rise above her fears on the Oregon Trail. Christiana is in a battle to prove to one man that she can be both a wife and a midwife. Her confidence shaken, Kendra Silverstone needs confirmation of God’s hand in her life and love. How will God work to give these women the direction they need?
The American Dream Romance Collection: Nine Historical Romances Grow Alongside a New Country
Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation—from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.
"A Mother's Cry"
Pictured above: Mirror Pond | Mondovi Farm, both in Jane's native Wisconsin
A Mother's Cry is set in mid-19th Century Wisconsin.
Midwife and widow Adele Marley is content with an adopted daughter, a Wisconsin Farm, and her role in the community.
From the Journal of Adele Marley
"If the labor stalls, consider baking bread. The aroma of it will comfort the mother and allow the process to proceed"
"Be an even stable influence, never cheery one day and morose the next."
“It is good to remember that physicians often find that in delivery, clotting improves for a hemophiliac, perhaps as a natural protection for both mother and baby…”