Lisa Yarger, MA Folklore, Freelance Writer and Bookshop Owner, Munich, Germany, will tell the story of nurse-midwife Lovie Beard Shelton on March 27, 2017 at 4:30 PM at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library.
From 1950 to 2001, nurse-midwife Lovie Beard Shelton delivered some 4000 babies in eastern North Carolina homes. The first public health nurse in Pamlico County and the first nurse-midwife to practice in North Carolina, Shelton, who was white, navigated between the white medical and public health establishment and the African American communities she primarily served. Her career serves as a window into the rich and complicated history of birth and midwifery in North Carolina in the second half of the 20th century.
This event will also feature a pop-up exhibit of Country Doctor Museum artifacts curated by Annie Anderson. The exhibit will include midwifery tools from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This lecture is co-sponsored by Laupus History Collections and the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies and is a Wellness Passport event.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
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