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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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A Public Health Nurse-Midwife

A Public Health Nurse-Midwife

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

After her return from Scotland, Lovie is appointed by Dr. C.C. Applewhite, state board of health director, to be the first public health nurse ever in Pamlico County. This chapter gives a thumbnail history of the regulation of midwives in the 20th century South, the passing of the Sheppard-Towner Act that led to midwife training, and the prejudices of the medical and public health establishment against midwives in the debate that came to be known as the “midwife problem.” This chapter also discusses how Lovie became an accomplice in efforts by the medical establishment to phase out the traditional midwives (grannies), the very midwives who so fascinated her as a child. This chapter also includes the story of how Lovie came to marry Marshall Shelton, a roving sawyer thirty-three years her senior.

Keywords:   Applewhite, public health nurse, Pamlico County, regulation of midwives, midwife problem, Sheppard-Towner Act, midwife training, traditional midwives, grannies, Marshall Shelton

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