Joremoder: Poems of a Midwife

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Joremoder: Poems of a Midwife

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Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife. This collection of poetry traces the life of a Swedish-American mother and midwife who descends from twelve generations of farmers in Småland, Sweden.

"A midwife is in the thick of it, she sees it all," Jennifer Worth, author of Call the Midwife. It is midwifing in its broadest sense—from releasing a newborn’s stuck shoulders or catching a baby in the caul, to Socratic questioning around body autonomy, social justice and climate sustainability. The poems are layered and bi-cultural, rooted in contrasts between America and Sweden, as well as between colonial/industrial and ecological/relational ways of caring for each other and the earth. With a sense of humor, love, art and aging, Jordemoder is a collection of midwifed hope.


Twice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize and winner of an Eastern Iowa Review Editor’s Choice Award, Ingrid’s writing has appeared in articles, anthologies and journals nationally and internationally. Her poetry has appeared in Ars Medica, Intima: A journal of narrative medicine, Hippocrates Awards Anthology, Literary Mama, Midwest Review, Plant-Human Quarterly, Torrey House Press, Wisconsin People & Ideas and more. Ingrid holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Swedish and German language and literature, anthropology and nursing. A nationally board-certified nurse midwife of 20+ years, Ingrid has caught more than 1000 babies at home. She lives in Madison, WI with her Swedish husband, son, chickens and bees.

Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife is Ingrid’s debut collection.