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LovieThe Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship$
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Lisa Yarger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.001.0001

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Nurses on Horseback

Nurses on Horseback

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Lovie visits the world-famous Frontier Nursing Service (FNS), the first program in the United States to employ nurse-midwives. Founded in 1925 in a tri-county area of Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains by Mary Breckinridge, a wealthy socialite and nurse, the FNS compiled a remarkable record and won the admiration of physicians and health professionals from around the country and the world. FNS midwives, originally recruited from the United Kingdom but later trained on site, rode horseback through creek beds and narrow coves to provide health care and deliver babies in remote mountain cabins. Lovie recounts how her three-month stint at the FNS sealed her interest in becoming a nurse-midwife.

Keywords:   Frontier Nursing Service, FNS, nurse-midwives, Kentucky, Appalachian Mountains, Mary Breckinridge

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