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  • DebAnn Demos

    Miss Mary - Mary Frances Hill Coley-Black. Midwife who delivered more than 3,000 in the southern US. Featured in 1953 educational film by George Stoney to teach midwifery skills to others. It is still being used in third world counties because of its simplicity. I watched this as an Amazon instant rental--very good

  • flower girl :)

    All My Babies Amazon Instant Video ~ Mary Coley, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001CRQYF0/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_FpVutb1C81W88 Movie about midwifes in Georgia

  • Sasha Williams

    All My Babies: Documentary About Black Midwife, “Mss Mary” Cooley, Who Birthed Over 1400 Babies

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