No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten.
And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers…
Midwives are there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives. From heart-wrenching grief to the pure joy of a new-born baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all.
But life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine.
Moving and compassionate, funny and unexpected, Leah shares her experiences in this extraordinary love letter to new mothers and fellow midwives everywhere.View book
Press and Reviews
“...captures the universal love, fear, despair and hope that underpins humanity... Leah's dedication to women within a system that's crushing midwives transforms the everyday stories of…”Read more
“Leah Hazard describes the challenges and dedication of those working in the NHS. The stories highlight the bravery of our midwives, and the women they care…”Read more
“Riveting read, heartwarming and heartbreaking stories in one package. The realities of today’s maternity system in U.K. - both heartwarming and heartbreaking.”Read more
“Hard Pushed charts a midwife’s most personal moments of triumph and devastating loss in a way that expands our understanding and gratitude to them.Leah Hazard’s ‘microdoses’…”
“Midwives like Leah Hazard accompany women through the life (and sometimes death) drama of childbirth. Hard Pushed is a beautifully written, intimate portrait of the extraordinary…”
“It is a story that takes us into the lives of the women and families she cares for, their diverse and often dramatic lives. It is…”
“Riveting read, heartwarming and heartbreaking stories in one package.”
“Leah Hazard describes the challenges and dedication of those working in the NHS. The stories in Hard Pushed highlight the bravery of our midwives, and the…”