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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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Sister Carolina

Sister Carolina

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

With the help of Mary Breckinridge, Lovie undertakes midwifery training at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland, an almost unheard of ambition for an American woman of her generation. Her instructor is Margaret “Maggie” Myles, one of the best-known teachers of midwifery from any era and the author of the Textbook for Midwives, the first midwifery text by a midwife for midwives. Lovie’s classmates came to call her “Sister Carolina” after her home state. In this chapter Lovie discusses her training: she spent the first six months observing and attending births at the Simpson and the second six months attending home births in Edinburgh. Lovie also describes her affection for the Scots and the lasting influence on her of Myles and the training program.

Keywords:   Mary Breckinridge, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, Margaret “Maggie” Myles, Textbook for Midwives, Sister Carolina, home births

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