Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South


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University Press of Mississippi
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.47 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author

Jenny M. Luke worked as a British-trained nurse-midwife before earning advanced degrees in history from the University of Texas at Arlington. She lives in North Texas with her husband and has two grown children.


The book stands as a historical record and shows how health care can function effectively even in the most challenging circumstances.--Lois Elfman "Women in Higher Education"
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 exemplary and comprehensively detailed work of meticulous and documented scholarship, Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South is an extraordinary and unique study that is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library American medical history and African American history collections in general, and American midwifery supplemental studies reading lists in particular.-- "Midwest Book Review"
Jenny Luke's Delivered by Midwives is a significant addition to the literature on this subject and on midwifery in general. Although a slim book, it provides an excellent history of midwifery in the South from the days of the "granny midwife" to the expansion of nurse midwifery in the United States.--Megan Seaholm, University of Texas at Austin "Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 124, Number 1, July 2020"
Jenny M. Luke has written a concise book that raises a myriad of complex themes: sexism, professional identity and authority, classism, state and federal struggles over the definitions and funding of health care, and, most significant, racism in all its persistent forms. The book details the ways these mammoth struggles defined the experiences of African American midwives.--Sandra L. Barney, Lock Haven University "The Journal of Southern History, Volume LXXXVI, No. 1, February 2020"