Society for the History of Medicine and Health Professions
The next presentation in the Society's “Stay-at-Home” lecture series is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Jared Phillips, PhD, Instructor with the International Studies program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, will present "Mountain Midwives: Midwifery Practice and Culture in the Arkansas Ozarks."
While birthing with a midwife was once the norm throughout America—and the Ozarks—such practices were largely abandoned as medical practitioners “professionalized” during the mid-twentieth century. As a result, by the 1960s the use of midwives and home birth in Arkansas was denounced as an unsafe folkway that only poor and remote communities like the Ozarks maintained. Despite such claims, communities in the hill country and beyond kept these skills alive, providing justification for the legalization of midwifery in the state in the 1980s.
This is the tenth presentation in the Society's Stay-at-Home Lecture series. The direct link for next Thursday's presentation is: https://zoom.us/j/97223974167. We hope you'll be able to join us and Dr. Phillips for this presentation.