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Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife's Story

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Born the fourteenth child in a family of sixteen, Onnie Lee Logan decided early that midwifery would be her life's work. The experiences she gained from the hundreds of babies she birthed during 40 years makes for a biography that is rich and compelling.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 30th 1991 by Plume (first published 1989)
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I purchased this book because it was required for a doula training that I completed. At first I was skeptical that a memoir/oral history would be helpful, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think I gained more from this book than I did from any of the (excellent) "how-to" type books about labor and delivery that were recommended.

The book tells the story of Onnie Lee Logan, one of the last African American "granny" midwives, in her own words. Often villified by the white medical establish
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Wow! Katherine Clark transcribes the memoir in the midwife's own voice. The descriptions of places and people and events over the half century Mrs. Logan lived and worked is a you-are-there kind of experience. No apologies, no tear jerking sentimentality, no finger-pointing accusations. I like this ever so much better than Jackson Taylor's whiny Blue Orchard.
the first part is good, about her childhood. It is slow reading, or might be to someone that hear the language in their head. However as it gets to the middle, the "birthing" part it seems repeative, and doesn't really tell a story any more.

Worth a read, took me a day plus taking care of the kids, but not earth shattering.
This is the memoir of a Southern, black midwife who worked in Alabama during the mid 1900s. It is very different from Jennifer Worth's memoir that inspired the popular TV show, Call the Midwife. This memoir focuses more on the struggles of being a black woman in the South during the civil rights era. It was heartbreaking and fascinating at the same time. It is written as if a recorded interview was being transcribed, so the dialect comes through VERY strong. It took a while to get used to readin ...more
Sep 08, 2007 MichelleMarie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: if you like reading the language of an old southerner talk about growing up in a family of 20
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I didn't finish this because it was a library book that was lost somehow and when my husband found it, it was over due....but it was really good actually!
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