No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife.
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.
Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife in Scotland. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter in 2003.
Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards. This new book – her authorial debut – is moving, compassionate and intensely candid. Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s
fellow midwives – there for us at the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.