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Midwives and Midwifery

Midwives and midwifery in women's history: delivering babies and taking care of the mother's health has been a woman's job through much of history.

Mary Breckinridge
Founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, midwife Breckinridge was a pioneer in public health in Kentucky. Honored here at the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Lives and Deaths of an Ethiopian Midwife
Washington Post 1997 feature detailing the life and work of an Ethiopian midwife, highlighting the reality of life for women in this corner of Africa.

The Midwife's Tale/Martha Ballard's Words
Excerpts from the diary of midwife Martha Ballard, from a PBS site that also includes audio, teacher's guide, and the American historical context of Ballard's life.

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