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

Lisa Yarger

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.001.0001
Subject:
History, Family History

From 1950 until 2001, nurse-midwife Lovie Beard Shelton worked in eastern North Carolina homes, delivering some 4,000 babies to black, white, Mennonite, and hippie women, to those too poor to afford ... More


The Fig Tree

Lisa Yarger

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0008
Subject:
History, Family History

Lovie confronts her anxieties about aging and retirement and the knowledge that she can’t keep delivering babies forever. Her identity is so thoroughly bound up with midwifery that she fears losing ... More


Palm Sunday

Lisa Yarger

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0012
Subject:
History, Family History

This chapter explores some of the challenges of doing documentary fieldwork when researcher and subject find their belief systems at odds. Yarger discusses Lovie’s brand of evangelizing, which ... More


The House of Freedom

Lisa Yarger

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0004
Subject:
History, Family History

This chapter presents Lovie in her garden, the setting in which she is (after the birthing room) happiest and most relaxed. Not only is Lovie’s yard a place for her to relax and enjoy natural beauty, ... More


Connie Corey and Doris Wilson

Lisa Yarger

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0010
Subject:
History, Family History

Two African American women whose babies Lovie delivered in the 1960s, Connie Corey and Doris Wilson, recount their experiences of having Lovie Shelton as their midwife for their home births. Doris ... More


Receiving

Lisa Yarger

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0018
Subject:
History, Family History

Lovie’s health declines as Joy’s due date approaches. Members of the visitation committee at Lovie’s church stop by to cheer her, and Lovie must struggle with her antipathy towards being on the ... More


Revelations

Lisa Yarger

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630052
eISBN:
9781469630076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.003.0033
Subject:
History, Family History

Lovie’s spirits plummet when forced to cancel her remaining scheduled deliveries after having hip replacement surgery. She and the narrator continue to try to make sense of their spiritual ... More


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