While these women were well respected in their communities, the term "granny midwife
" was used in a derogatory manner by the medical elite.
She then recalled being told by her own family that a granny midwife
had delivered her back in Meriwether County in 1923; a common practice in Georgia into the 1950s, and continued into later decades in rural areas of the South (see Marie Campbell (1946).
In 2001 as I labored to deliver my 9-pound girl in a hospital room that was bigger than my first apartment (and better furnished with color TV/VCR, stereo and bathroom), I thought about my grandmother who labored in her own home in rural Alabama with a granny midwife
to deliver a 10-pound daughter.