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    Miss Mary-Mary Frances Hill Coley-Black Midwife, delivered more than 3,000 in the south. 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.

    1944 France, WWII Black US soldiers

    black soldier stationed in france during world war II.

    1953 Tiny Tears

    Sister Mary Stella Simpson, Daughters of Charity As a nurse midwife in 1956, Sister Mary Stella Simpson was one of the first health-care pro...

    Nurse midwife Maude Callen, South Carolina, 1951

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

    Read about this lady! A midwife at Auschwitz, something you don't think about....."During her time at Auschwitz, Leszczynska delivered over 3,000 babies. Half of those were murdered and another thousand died from the horrible conditions in the camp. But those with blond hair and blue eyes, about 500, were sent to be raised as Germans, and another 30 survived the camp."

    Biddy Mason: A Place of Her Own by Camille Gavin, Biddy Mason, born into slavery, walked two thousand miles to get to California. She won her freedom in a Los Angeles courtroom in 1856-even though the law did not allow people of color to speak in open court. A skilled nurse and midwife, she saved her money and helped anyone who was in need. www.amazon.com/...

    Nurse/Midwife with Twins My mother was delivered, at home, by a midwife back in 1947. She is half of a set of identical twins, and was breech.

    Two African American midwives, Leon County, Florida, circa 1944.

    When you COULD call the midwife! Britain had 10,000 district nurses and midwives in the 1950s. And, as these pictures show, they were the heartbeat of the community.

    Nurse Midwife Maude Callen 1951 | W. Eugene Smith’s Landmark Photo Essay, ‘Nurse Midwife’ | LIFE.com

    The Fallen. A D-Day Tribute in Arromanches, France for those who died in Operation Neptune, June 6, 1945. Nine thousand silhouettes in the sand.

    Angélique-Marguerite du Coudray was a famous 18th century midwife and designed this mannequin to teach midwife trainees about delivering babies. Louis XV learned of her expertise and asked her to set up courses throughout France. From 1759-1779 she traveled the country with her mannequin and published her Abrégé de l’Art des accouchements (Abridged Art of Child Delivery).

    Maude Callen on duty. In December 1951, LIFE published one of the most extraordinary photo essays ever to appear in the magazine. In W. Eugene Smith’s pictures, the story of a tireless South Carolina nurse and midwife named Maude Callen working in the rural South in the 1950s. She served as “doctor, dietician, psychologist, bail-goer and friend” to thousands of poor (most of them desperately poor) patients — only two percent of whom were white.

    Frances E. Hughes and Lois A. Brown, nieces of Hallie Q

    In 1901 a woman in Poiters, France was found having been confined to her room for 24 years by her mother. How sad!

    Nursing pioneer Mary Breckinridge moved to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky in 1925 with the dream of providing family-oriented healthcare to a rural population. She started the Frontier Nursing Service that year and later founded the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery, today known as Frontier Nursing University. Photo by Wendover Collections/Frontier Nursing University

    The story of how Mexico's ambassador to France during WW2, Gilberto Bosques Saldivar, helped 40,000 Jews and others immigrate to Latin America in order to escape Hitler.

    African-American Midwives- I was delivered by a mid-wife in Houston,Texas.