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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.164) 19 Waiting

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Lovie discusses the kinds of prenatal care she gives, most specifically when a woman reaches 34 weeks of pregnancy, and begins a narration of normal, typical births that runs parallel to the unfolding story of Joy Mitchell's labor and delivery. As Lovie and the narrator begin their wait on Joy's phone call, Lovie explains how she set her $40 delivery fee. Given Lovie’s health issues, the narrator wonders how Lovie will bear up during Joy’s delivery. Lovie speculates that because Joy is worn out as a mother of three young children, the upcoming delivery won’t be quick. Lovie spells out her philosophy of acceptable activities for a Sunday (“Jesus said it's all right to haul your oxen out of a ditch if they fall in”) and then proceeds to outline a full Sunday's worth of work for herself and the narrator, including swiping eggs from her geese to hatch in an incubator and to sell.

Keywords:   prenatal care, delivery fee, health issues

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