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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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Connie Corey and Doris Wilson

Connie Corey and Doris Wilson

(p.67) 9 Connie Corey and Doris Wilson

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Two African American women whose babies Lovie delivered in the 1960s, Connie Corey and Doris Wilson, recount their experiences of having Lovie Shelton as their midwife for their home births. Doris Wilson tells the story of the breech birth of her first child, how Lovie urged her to get birth control, and how a doctor refused to tie her tubes after the birth of her third child, insisting she was too young to make such a decision. Doris Wilson also describes the unsatisfactory hospital birth of her seventh child and how she was finally able to have a tubal ligation. Finally, Mrs. Wilson explains her philosophy of midwives as “God’s chosen” and the difference between seeing with the natural eye and the spiritual eye; the latter is a gift she attributes to Mrs. Shelton. The narrator explores the phenomenon of being prayed over while doing documentary fieldwork.

Keywords:   Connie Corey, Doris Wilson, home birth, breech birth, birth control, hospital birth, tubal ligation, natural eye, spiritual eye, documentary fieldwork

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