W.Va. Author Draws from Personal Experience to Tell Story of Midwife


On this West Virginia Morning, Patricia Harman is the author of the bestselling novel The Midwife of Hope River

A midwife herself, she was featured in an April 2016 episode of Inside Appalachia focused on the tradition of home birth in the region.

Harman’s latest book – The Runaway Midwife – hits bookstore shelves Monday. 

Set in West Virginia, it focuses on the struggles of a midwife who experiences great struggle and decides to run from her life and start fresh.

Kara Lofton spoke with Harman about how more than three decades of work as a midwife informs her writing today.