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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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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.


The Midwife's Apprentice

A homeless child, Brat, meets Jane the midwife one day. Brat is begging for food and Jane gives her food in turn for some work. Brat becomes the midwife's apprentice. As Brat becomes more interested in being Jane's apprentice she renames herself Alyce. Alyce gains more confidence in herself and decides she wants to be a midwife and make something of her life.