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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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Joy and Kenny

Joy and Kenny

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Narrator Lisa Yarger asks Lovie about the possibility of accompanying her to a birth. Lovie tries and fails to get one of her Mennonite clients to meet Yarger. Yarger gives Lovie Chris Bojalian’s novel Midwives, which Lovie mistakes for nonfiction. Lovie hits upon the idea of introducing Yarger to her newest client, Joy Mitchell of Pantego, who grew up in the Dutch-American community of Terra Ceia in northern Beaufort County. This chapter includes the story of how Joy and her husband Kenny Mitchell decide on a home birth for the delivery of their fourth child after three dissatisfying hospital births.

Keywords:   Mennonites, Midwives (novel), Chris Bojalian, Joy and Kenny Mitchell, Pantego, Terra Ceia, Dutch-American, home birth, hospital births

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