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


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

Winner of the 2017 ACNM Media Award

Media AwardFrom 1950 until 2001, Lovie Beard Shelton practiced midwifery 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 artful exploration of documentary fieldwork, Lisa Yarger confronts the choices involved in producing an authentic portrait of a woman who is at once loner and self-styled folk hero.


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