Article ID: CBB001202005

Downplaying Difference: Historical Accounts of African American Midwives and Contemporary Struggles for Midwifery (2010)


This article investigates African American midwives' memoirs, focusing on how they minimize discussions of racial difference and discrimination. The authors provide a brief history of midwifery and maternal healthcare in the United States, examining professionalization, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the U.S. Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Protection Act. Co-authorship of a number of memoirs is analyzed, including "Listen to Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife" by Margaret Charles Smith and Linda Janet Holmes, "Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife's Story" by Onnie Lee Logan and Katherine Clark, and "Memories of a Black Lay Midwife from Northern Neck Virginia" by Claudine Curry Smith and Mildred Baker Roberson.

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Authors & Contributors
Wailoo, Keith
Nelson, Alondra
Johnson, Lenworth N.
Daniels, O. C. Bobby
McBride, David
Ward, Thomas J., Jr.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
American Quarterly
Health Affairs
University of Minnesota Press
New York University
Rutgers University Press
University of Arkansas Press
Harvard University Press
African Americans and science
Medicine and race
African Americans
Public health
Medicine and politics
Health care
United States
North America
Central America
Georgia (U.S.)
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
21st century

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