French midwife with tales of the unexpected to tell

Sylvie Coché estimates she has helped deliver more than 10,000 babies in her career. There’s no wonder she had a few stories to tell in her book

Sylvie Coché is a midwife at one of the biggest private hospitals in the Rhône-Alpes, Hôpital Privé Natecia in Lyon, where there are more than 4,000 births a year.

She has worked in the profession for 35 years, and has recently written a book recounting some of the many experiences she has had.

Her stories are often funny, always tender, sometimes sad – and make for a book that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.

It has been a huge success and her tales of the labour ward have led her to an unexpected life in the limelight with interviews on national media.

The book is called Poussez, Madame! (“Push, madam!”) – a phrase she has repeated hundreds and thousands of times for the 10,000 or more babies she estimates she has helped bring into the world.

 

Poussez Madame! Confessions d’une Sage-Femme Sylvie Coché Published by Opportun €11.90

What is your favourite anecdote in the book?

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