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Often laugh-out-loud funny and irreverent, occasionally disturbing and deeply sorrowful, Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart is the saga of Ms. Leonard's fated journey as a young midwife. Her story intertwines three threads: Her dedication to the mothers and babies she was groomed to attend; the growing renaissance, despite formidable opposition, of the profession of midwifery in New Hampshire and then in the United States; and finally, a powerful, tragic love story.

"Carol Leonard's memoir of becoming a midwife in New Hampshire during the mid-1970s overflows with her gifts as a storyteller as well as intuitive midwife. Inspiring, often hilarious, always touching and full of beans, she takes us through her apprenticeship, the politics of the U.S. midwifery movement and her own personal story of love, loss and deep dedication to women's health. She's my kind of midwife!"~ Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery


THE BEAUTY GIRLS, A Floundering Woman's Midlife Career Change to Beauty School

Carol Leonard had been a midwife for over 30 years when she experienced a little "blip" in her career and wandered off in a completely unexpected direction. This book is a screamingly funny account of one woman's postmenopausal experience of being in Beauty School.

"Epiphany 101 ~ I start to grin as the concept develops. Right! I could get a license as an Esthetician and open a spa. Women can come in for their annual exams...and have a yummy facial and get checked under the hood. They can have breast exams, seaweed algae wraps, lash tinting, blood work, Pap smears! Brazilians! The Works! After a woman has her pelvic exam and her feet are in stirrups...she can have a pedicure! I am in fire. I will name my spa...WRAPS & PAPS!"

"Outrageous and whip-smart." ~ Ricki Lake, talk-show host and producer of The Business of Being Born


THE WOMEN'S WHEEL OF LIFE, Thirteen Powerful Archetypes For Your Whole Lifecycle

Maiden, Mother or Crone--where does a woman in her midlife years fit in? Women who have turned to feminist spirituality for appreciation of women's ways of knowing will revel in the thirteen empowering archtypes presented in this book. From Daughter to Blood Sister, Mother to Amazon, Sorceress to Crone, this groundbreaking work reveals the grand pattern of women's lives, rich and complex, beautiful and mysterious.

Elizabeth Davis and Carol Leonard, licensed midwives with sixty-five years' combined experience as health care providers and healers, developed the Wheel as a synthesis of their work in women's health, spirituality and psychology. The Women's Wheel of Life draws on more than a hundred interviews with women of all ages who have found the Wheel to be an inspiring and revolutionary path for more powerful living.


BAD BEAVER TALES, Love and Life on a New Sustainable Homestead in DownEast Maine

A midwife and a wild, French Canadian builder embark on building their dream homestead on 400 acres of wilderness in DownEast, Maine. The results are poignant, educational and most ofter...hilarious. Follow Carol Leonard and her husband, Tom Lajoie's informative and funny journey building their sustainable homestead, Bad Beaver Farm in Ellsworth, Maine.

Carol Leonard was the first midwife licensed to practice legally in New Hampshire and is the author of the bestselling memoir, Lady's Hand's, Lion's Heart, A Midwife's Saga. Tom Lajoie is a phenomenal economy of motion builder and woodsman.

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 Carol Leonard, Midwife

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 Recognized as a leader of the modern midwifery movement, Carol Leonard was the first midwife licensed to practice legally in New Hampshire and was a co-founder of the Midwives Alliance of North America. She has been featured on ABC’s news magazine 20/20, and her midwifery memoir, Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart, was given the first annual Mothers Naturally outstanding book award in 2008.