Granny Midwife

A midwife extant in rural US during the 1930s and 1940s, who had little formal education, and generally learned her trade through experience or through apprenticeship from women of the previous generation
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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.
After a general introduction explaining the ways in which society has constructed the granny midwife - both the real and the image - Chapter One carefully historicizes European and American lay midwifery and argues that the granny midwife (even more so than midwives of other ethnic backgrounds) was forced into virtual extinction as a direct result of twentieth-century changes in medicine and state regulations.