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Jordemoder:  Poems of a Midwife

Reviewed by Sara Epstein

Mom Egg Review

"These poems deliver; they are raw and tender, graphic and precise.  Her language is clear, not convoluted, even if life, giving birth, and being a mother or daughter is messy and complex."

Q&A with Ingrid Andersson, author of the poetry collection, 'Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife'

Madison Magazine

“'Poetry is a liquid, and a poem is a vessel.' That quote by essayist Elisa Gabbert aptly distills what poet Ingrid Andersson believes is the life force connecting us all, an undercurrent she witnesses daily both through the act of writing and in her work as a certified nurse midwife."

Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife

Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater

Quill & Parchment

"These poems are a celebration of life, love and hope. In an unsentimental way, they offer up a fresh perspective on what it is like to be alive to the possibilities of everything that our world has to offer."

Arcadia's Weekly Reader

Arcadia Books

"Ingrid Anderson’s collection Jordemoder is the perfect read to call Spring back in through the open window. Broken into five parts, the whole thing feels like a celebration of rebirth: beautiful, humble, messy, honest."

Jordermoder: Poems of a Midwife

Reviewed by Lin Salisbury

Superior Reads

"Ingrid Andersson is a midwife and a poet and her debut poetry collection, Jordemoder, Poems of a Midwife will be released in April from Holy Cow! Press. Divided into sections: Daughter, Midwife, Mother, Immigrant, and Home, Andersson’s poems give voice to a life lived with open hands."

[University of Wisconsin-Madison] Alumna Ingrid Andersson talks about her recently published poetry book . . . and the journey that has led her to writing it.


"Jordemoder, an old Swedish term for “midwife”, translates to earth-mother. In Andersson’s words, 'Jordemoder is a word that reflects my practice as a midwife and as a poet, and that is why it seemed right for the book title. I could use words such as “ecological midwife” and “eco-poet,” but there’s nothing special or trendy about what I do – it’s the same messy world of complicated emotional and physical processes, blood and other bodily fluids that it’s always been, and we’re all in it together.'”

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