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Health in the CityRace, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930$
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Tanya Hart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001

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Health in the Mulberry District

Health in the Mulberry District

(p.218) 8 Health in the Mulberry District
Health in the City

Tanya Hart

NYU Press

This concluding chapter contrasts the actual health work done by the AICP and the Department of Health in the Mulberry District from the perspectives of officials, the efforts of workers, and the reactions of clients. The AICP's designation of the “midwife problem” became an enduring “line in the sand” between the district's Italian women, the larger community, and health care workers. However, despite maternal resistance, the AICP again lauds it efforts, much as it does in Health Work for Mothers and Children in a Colored Community. Regardless, the basis of the AICP's medical work in the Mulberry District was racially gendered and classed. The AICP mistakenly believed that Southern Italian women would similarly adopt Anglo birthing and prenatal programs. Instead, the women resisted, leading the AICP to blame them for their ignorance.

Keywords:   Mulberry District, AICP, midwife problem, Italian women, maternal resistance

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