Rachel Marie Stone; BIRTHING HOPE; InterVarsity Press (Nonfiction: Family & Relationships) 16.00 ISBN: 9780830845330
Byline: Jaime Herndon
At its most basic, Rachel Marie Stone's memoir, Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light, is about the time she picked up a just-born baby with her bare hands, not realizing the mother was HIV positive, and the resulting process of prophylaxis and testing; however, the book evolves into much more. It is a meditation on family, motherhood, birth, death, fear, and privilege, set against the backdrop of faith and global responsibility.
After Stone picks up the baby, she realizes what she has done and has to grapple with anxiety and fear while she waits for her test results. She uses this opportunity to reflect on motherhood and the differences and similarities of motherhood in the States versus in Malawi and other countries. Notably, she remembers the ways in which fear and anxiety are laced through her own family and the sacrifices and risks women -- mothers -- take all the time for their children.