At the beginning of the twentieth century most babies were born at home. By the 1950s most births in the United States took place in hospitals. In the 21st century, childbirth has become increasingly technological and dependent on aggressive management by obstetricians. In my novel I explore these changes, setting the action in Chicago and northern Michigan.
The story of a contemporary nurse (Karin) is intertwined with the story of a young woman (Aliisa) who immigrated from Finland in the early 1900s. The world has changed but the two woman share common human experiences.