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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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Walking a Chalk Line

Walking a Chalk Line

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how midwife-attended home births declined dramatically as poor and minority women gain access to hospital birth with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the advent of Medicaid in 1965. With her clientele dwindling, Lovie returns to work at the Beaufort County Health Department, where she butts heads with a new generation of health officials not as supportive of her nurse-midwifery work as the previous generation had been and who expect her to adhere strictly to the letter of the granny law. Although Lovie employed a dual bag strategy to skirt the law, she maintains that she always strictly followed proper bag technique. She discusses problems she encountered with the health officer of Pitt County, problems that led her to deliver a handful of Pitt County women in her Beaufort County home.

Keywords:   Civil Rights Act, Medicaid, hospital birth, Beaufort County Health Department, nurse-midwifery, granny law, bag technique, Pitt County, Beaufort County

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