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In the Way of Our Grandmothers: A Cultural View of Twentieth-Century Midwifery in Florida

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Based on the accounts of midwives, their descendants, and the women they served, In the Way of Our Grandmothers tells of the midwife's trade--her principles, traditions, and skills--and of the competing medical profession's successful program to systematically destroy the practice.The rural South was one of the last strongholds of the traditional "granny" midwife. Whether ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by University of Georgia Press (first published 2009)
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Acquanda
Apr 07, 2013 Acquanda rated it liked it
To capture the stories of traditional midwives in Florida State, from 1981-1984, Debra Anne Susie conducted interviews with the last generation of lay midwives who were all affected by the intervention of the state, which outlawed the practice. In The Way of Our Grandmothers: A Cultural View of Twentieth-Century Midwifery in Florida, highlights the stories of women who practiced this sacred tradition before the spawn of laws and before industry replaced this long-established custom.

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Colleen O'Neill Conlan
Dec 31, 2011 Colleen O'Neill Conlan rated it really liked it
I read this for a class on midwifery. Susie examines the "granny midwives" of the south, and the encroaching bureaucracy that slowly put them out of business. It starts with the medical community vilifying midwives as dirty, ignorant, and superstitious. Next, they pile on more and more onerous regulations an monitoring requirements. Then they subsidize hospital birth to make it more affordable for the typical home birth client/patient of that time in the south: poor black women. Before you know ...more
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