Rules of the birth house:- No woman or child shall be turned away.- No payment shall be required.- No idle gossip or cruel words shall cross the threshold.- No one may attend a birth unless requested by the mother.- Mother and child (or children) shall stay in confinement, for at least nine days after the birth, or until the mother's been churched.- Well-wishers may not enter unless the mother approves.- The mother's home must be clean and tidy, her household chores looked after, and supper enough for a week must be waiting for her when she returns home.---I have so much love for this book! Deeply pro-choice (in the broadest sense) and feminist, and a moving, sometimes disturbing, sometimes sexy, always fascinating journey through the life of a midwife's apprentice in early twentieth-century Canada.The story centres around the girls and women of a small rural community, and of the effect on the community of changing mores and a doctor's meddling, coercive attempts to butt in and 'modernise' birth care - in the worst possible way. The book looks at women's political activism, weaponised diagnosis, vibrator treatments, poverty, healthcare insurance, herbal contraception and abortion, birth, death, war, domestic violence, rape, the new 'electric', baking, lesbianism, love, gossip, scheming, and trouble with the law.So. Much. Love.