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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.243) 28 Labor

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Joy grows impatient with the progress of her labor. While Lovie watches over Joy like a mother hen, Kenny invites the narrator to gather eggs from his chickens. Lovie shares her view of the midwife's role at a home birth and explains why Joy's labor is taking some time. As in the previous chapter, this chapter includes first-person accounts by Lovie: in this case, reflections on how labor tends to proceed for a woman who has several small children, and how Lovie supports a woman though labor. Joy tries to explain to the narrator what a contraction feels like. Joy confides her fear that the baby could be breech, and Lovie asks her if she’s ever had an episiotomy.

Keywords:   labor, contraction, breech, episiotomy

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