I know I normally link to these books, but my internet connection is extremely slow tonight and I'm seriously agitated and I don't feel like fiddling with it. So you'll just have to look this up if you're interested.
The Midwife's Apprentice
". . . she dreamed of nothing, for she hoped for nothing and expected nothing. It was as cold and dark insider her as out in the frosty night."
"In France, a midwife is a sage femme, wise woman; in Denmark, jordemoder, earthmother; among Yiddish-speaking Jews, vartsfroy, waiting woman; in Hawaii, pale keiki, protector of the child."