5 Historic Photos of Southern, Rural Midwives


From time to time I like to look back into history and share photos I find in the Library of Congress archives. I have done that previously with breastfeeding, newborn health, and tuberculosis. Today, I am sharing photographs I found of rural midwives in the south.

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Delano, Jack. Midwife in doorway of her house. Near Siloam, Greene County, Georgia. 1941 May. Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-044303-D (b&w film neg.)
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Delano, Jack. Midwife wrapping her kit to go on a call in Greene County, Georgia. 1941 October. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-fsa-8c29209 (digital file from original neg.) LC-USF34-046569-E (b&w film nitrate neg.)

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Johnston, Frances Benjamin. Mammy House, Aylett, King William County, Virginia. 1935. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-23487 (digital file from print) LC-DIG-csas-04966 (digital file from original negative)
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Wolcott, Marion Post. Aunt Sally, old midwife, the only doctor or nurse ever heard of in Gees Bend before project was started. Gees Bend, Alabama. 1939 May. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-fsa-8a40121 (digital file from original neg.) LC-USF33-030363-M1 (b&w film nitrate neg.)
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Delano, Jack. Siloam, Greene County, Ga. (vicinity). Midwife going on a call, carrying her kit. 1941 November. Reproduction Number: • LC-DIG-ds-01272 (digital file from original)

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