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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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God Dealt Well with the Midwives

God Dealt Well with the Midwives

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

While pregnant, the narrator visits Lovie (who is still living with her daughter Nancy while her house is being repaired post-fire) and ponders how Lovie’s life looks like a stretched out version of the Book of Job. The narrator meets and interviews younger midwives around North Carolina (including CNMs at a North Carolina chapter meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives) to help her put Lovie's career in context. Influenced both by these women and by her relationship with Lovie, the narrator considers delivering at the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, a free-standing birth center, and ultimately decides to have a home birth with nurse-midwife Nancy Harman in attendance. This chapter also unfolds the story of the narrator’s home birth. Before moving with her husband and daughter to Munich, Germany to open a bookshop, the narrator visits Lovie with her baby and realizes she knows everything she needs to know to finish the book on Lovie.

Keywords:   Book of Job, nurse-midwife, CNMs, American College of Nurse Midwives, birth center, home birth, Nancy Harman, Munich, Germany

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