"Blue Cotton Gown" Book Giveaway (CLOSED)

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, June 19, 2009 | 188 comments
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The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwifes Memoir - book giveawayToday's Giveaway is "The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir" by Patricia Harman, retail value $25.00. (Thanks to Born to Love, a natural baby product company)

"The Blue Cotton Gown" is a debut memoir interweaving a nurse-midwife's personal and professional trials with the intimate stories of her patients. I loved reading this book, I finished it in just a few days! 290 pages, hard-cover book.

Patricia Harman, a nurse-midwife, manages a women’s health clinic with her husband, Tom, an ob-gyn, in West Virginia — a practice where patients open their hearts, where they find care and sometimes refuge. Patsy’s memoir juxtaposes the tales of these women with her own story of keeping a small medical practice solvent and coping with personal challenges. Her patients range from Appalachian mothers who haven’t had the opportunity to attend secondary school to Ph.D.’s on cell phones. They come to Patsy’s small, windowless exam room and sit covered only by blue cotton gowns, and their infinitely varied stories are in equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting. The nurse-midwife tells of their lives over the course of a year and a quarter, a time when her outwardly successful practice is in deep financial trouble, when she is coping with malpractice threats, confronting her own serious medical problems, and fearing that her thirty-year marriage may be on the verge of collapse.

Read more about The Blue Cotton Gown.
Read an excerpt.

Winning is easy!!
To enter to win this book, simply follow these simple steps and leave a separate comment for each step completed. I will choose one random comment using the Random.org integer generator, so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win these great products! Only relevant comments will be accepted. Your Giveaway prize is always free, there is no entry fee, no shipping & handling fee.

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Born to Love has been in the baby business since 1978 run by a work-at-home-mom of 3. Born to Love carries natural baby products, including cloth diapering supplies, and is currently selling off their inventory, so Frugal Freebies wants to help do so quickly. Stock is limited, but there is still lots of product available. There is an on-going tax-free sale, as well as a 10% discount code (Giveaway) to help you save money while you shop for your little one(s).

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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian entrants. You don't have to be a blogger to win, just supply a valid e-mail address or sign up to
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When the giveaway ends:
Two weeks from posting. This giveaway ends on July 3/09. I will e-mail the winner, and results are always posted here as well. If the winner doesn't respond within four business days, with contact details, a new winner will be drawn.

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Thank you to Sweeties Sweeps for listing my blog giveaway, as well as Ultimate Blog Carnival on

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Announcing the winner: There were 184 entries and we have one winner for this giveaway. The winning number is #47 -Sarah - Congratulations!

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up, grandma to three - and happily re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a cat, Bella.

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