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Delivered by midwives African American midwifery in the twentieth-century South

Author: Jenny M Luke
Publisher: Jackson University Press of Mississippi [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Motherwit: lay midwifery -- Out of slavery -- Cultural motifs persist -- Licensing and the "new laws" -- Implementing the changes -- Working with the state -- Working with physicians -- Asafetida to aureomycin: African American nurse-midwives -- Establishing the professional nurse-midwife -- African American nurse-midwives -- The application of nurse-midwives -- Problems of racism and challenges to professionalism
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version
Luke, Jenny M., 1965- author
Delivered by midwives
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
(DLC) 2018018619
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jenny M Luke
ISBN: 9781496821133 1496821130 9781496818911 1496818911 9781496818928 149681892X
OCLC Number: 1099651944
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index
Description: pages cm
Responsibility: Jenny M. Luke

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Using evidence from nursing, medical, and public health journals; primary sources from state and county departments of health; and personal accounts from varied practitioners, Delivered by Midwives  Read more...

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All in all, it's a fascinating history and a necessary text for anyone interested in midwifery, the politics of childbirth, or black community-building in the twentieth-century South.--MuggleNet An Read more...

 
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