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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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(p.147) 17 Receiving

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Lovie’s health declines as Joy’s due date approaches. Members of the visitation committee at Lovie’s church stop by to cheer her, and Lovie must struggle with her antipathy towards being on the receiving end of good deeds. Yarger reflects on the challenges of doing documentary fieldwork with an evangelical Christian who sees her as a mentee, someone to be witnessed to. Lovie explains “dropping,” when a baby sinks lower in the uterus prior to the onset of labor. Yarger tries to figure out just when to join Lovie so as not to miss the birth and finally drives out 13 days before Joy's due date to be on the safe side.

Keywords:   health decline, documentary fieldwork, dropping

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