Lisa Yarger's book Lovie received the 2017 American College of Nurse-Midwives Media Award and was a longlist finalist for the 2017 Chautauqua Prize. Admission is free, please register below.

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Call the (North Carolina) Midwife - Midwives in the 1950s

Book Presentation & Lecture / Free admission / Please register at reservierung@amerikahaus.de


Folklorist and author Lisa Yarger will present her book Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) which tells the true story of Lovie Beard Shelton (1925-2013), the first nurse-midwife to practice in North Carolina. A provocative chronicle of one midwife's life and work, Lovie is also the story of Lisa and Lovie's affectionate and sometimes fraught relationship.

Yarger will use clips from the popular BBC series Call the Midwife to compare the work of nurse-midwives serving the East End of London in the late 1950s with that of American midwife Lovie Shelton, who delivered some 4000 babies in more than fifty years of practice in rural eastern North Carolina homes.

Lisa Yarger has a master's degree in folklore studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2005 she and her husband and daughter moved to Munich to open the Munich Readery, an English-language secondhand bookshop.

Moderation: Mark Olival-Bartley, Writing Tutor at LMU Munich and Leader of the Amerikahaus Literary Circle

Organizer: Bavarian Center of Transatlantic Relations

(Photo: ©Lisa Yarger)


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