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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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Up to My Neck in Deliveries

Up to My Neck in Deliveries

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Lovie’s marriage takes her to the North Carolina town of Washington, where she takes a job with the Beaufort County Health Department and starts attending home births on the side. Lovie describes working under the granny law, given that North Carolina had no law at the time to regulate the practice of nurse-midwifery. At her job, she faces opposition from nursing colleagues prejudiced against midwifery who claim she is taking their profession “back to the dark ages.” Her prejudices against hospital births deepen after she has two babies at home and two in the hospital. This chapter also discusses Lovie’s departure from the health department in 1957 to embark on a solo home birth practice and chronicles the death of her husband, Marshall Shelton.

Keywords:   Washington, Beaufort County, Beaufort County Health Department, granny law, home births, hospital births, prejudice against midwifery, home birth practice, Marshall Shelton

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