Leah Hazard – A Midwife’s Story

Date of past event:

1st May 2019

Report:

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story
Wednesday 1 st May, 7.30pm
Alleyn’s Lower School, Townley Road, Dulwich, SE22 8SU

Tickets £10/£8 – Complimentary tickets were available to SSLP

Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises presented an evening with Leah Hazard an NHS Midwife who talked about her new book Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story.

Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS frontline, working within a maternity system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of vulnerability to remarkable displays of human strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, Leah has seen it all. Through her eyes, we met Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Mrs Bhatti, who insists that Leah simply must write her own elaborate thank-you card; and Pei Hsuan, who has travelled hundreds of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.

Hard Pushed is for fans of Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt and Christie Watson’s The Language of Kindness, and tells the story of life at the frontline of the maternity ward.