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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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Birth Stories

Birth Stories

(p.155) 18 Birth Stories

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes Lovie’s geographical territory and some of the problems she encountered reaching clients in the low-lying counties of eastern North Carolina’s Tidewater region. Lovie recalls some of her more memorable deliveries, including a frightening drive through flood waters near Aurora, delivering by the light of a heater in a Washington home, and contending with bedbugs at a Martin County delivery. She also recounts a memorable breech birth and the time a log truck pulled up in her driveway with a woman and her newborn in the front seat. Lovie reflects on the father’s role at a birth during the peak years of her practice and tells about the time a man at a Robersonville delivery chopped up his front porch steps when she needed firewood. Lovie also talks about helping a handful of women who gave up their babies for adoption and the time she attended a woman suffering under a rootwork spell.

Keywords:   Tidewater region, Aurora, Washington (NC), Martin County, breech birth, log truck, father’s role, Robersonville, adoption, rootwork

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