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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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The Call

The Call

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

A middle-of-the-night call finally summons Lovie and the narrator to the birth of Joy and Kenny’s fourth child. The narrator drives Lovie to Joy and Kenny's house in Pantego, where it becomes clear that Lovie is not only completely in control of the situation, but that she is also doing some things for the narrator’s benefit and the benefit of posterity. A sleepless night passes. Interspersed throughout the chapter are first-person accounts by Lovie as she reflects on past deliveries, her practice and habits, and her philosophy of birth and midwifery.

Keywords:   Joy Mitchell, Kenny Mitchell, call, Pantego, philosophy of birth

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