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Delivered by MidwivesAfrican American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South$
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Jenny M. Luke

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818911

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818911.001.0001

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Cultural Motifs Persist

Cultural Motifs Persist

(p.25) Chapter 2 Cultural Motifs Persist
Delivered by Midwives

Jenny M. Luke

University Press of Mississippi

After a general overview of childbirth’s shift to hospital in the early decades of the twentieth century from a national perspective, the chapter narrows its focus to the Jim Crow South. The cultural motifs established during slavery are highlighted as features of African American lay midwifery. A religious calling, an intergenerational female connectedness, and authority to practice were inherent characteristics of the midwife’s role.

Keywords:   Jim Crow South, Cultural motifs, Religious calling, Intergenerational female connectedness, Authority to practice

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