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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

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(p.155) 18 Birth Stories
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Lovie
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Lisa Yarger

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0019

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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