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W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Photo Essay, 'Nurse Midwife'

Maude Callen on duty. In December 1951, LIFE published one of the most extraordinary photo essays ever to appear in the magazine. In W. Eugene Smith’s pictures, the story of a tireless South Carolina nurse and midwife named Maude Callen working in the rural South in the 1950s. She served as “doctor, dietician, psychologist, bail-goer and friend” to thousands of poor (most of them desperately poor) patients. (click through to see more. rw)

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I loved this one too. It is about an Acadian midwife at the turn of the century. A very good novel of life in the remote provinces of Canada during the time just before WWI.

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St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297) was born in Italy. At the age of 17 she became the mistress of a young nobleman. She lived with him for 9 years, bearing him a son, but he did not marry her. One day she discovered him murdered. This opened her eyes to her life of sin, and she repented. She went to the Franciscans for spiritual direction and reformed her life. She's the patron of homeless people, reformed prostitutes, midwives, single laywomen & the mentally ill. Her feast day is February…

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The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harmon

The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife ~ book club read, well written, author's nursing and midwifery experience shows in the writing, it is a hard to put down book, entertaining and informative, sad and happy, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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And that someday, when I’m managed to get it through my THICK SKULL that it’s okay to be helped, I’ll be the one helping. And in that day, I’ll be able to fully help and serve without judging those I serve -wondering why they can’t Google themselves out of it. Because I’ve been there. I am there.

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