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Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship

Lisa Yarger


From 1950 until 2001, nurse-midwife Lovie Beard Shelton worked in eastern North Carolina homes, delivering some 4,000 babies to black, white, Mennonite, and hippie women, to those too poor to afford a hospital birth, and to a few rich enough to have any kind of delivery they pleased. Her life, which was about giving life, was conspicuously marked by loss, including the untimely death of her husband and the murder of her son. Lovie is a provocative chronicle of Shelton’s life and work, which spanned enormous changes in midwifery and in the ways women give birth. In this exploration of documenta ... More

Keywords: Lovie Beard Shelton, midwifery, midwife, nurse-midwife, eastern North Carolina, documentary fieldwork, Mennonite, calling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630052
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Yarger, author
Munich Readery