All My Babies.
The film shows the health department and the traditional midwives working together to successfully deliver care to a population which would otherwise be underserved and which has not, in fact, benefited from the elimination of home birth and the regionalization of health care. The officials are only once a little condescending (the midwives are called together because a baby has died from cord infection - Miss Mary is made to wonder if she could become too tired or sloppy with her sterilization).
The credits show that the movie was produced by certified nurse-midwives in the early 1950s. It's nice to know that they valued and wanted to preserve the work of the traditional or grand (granny) midwives in the south, whose statistics were undoubtedly better than the perinatal mortality rates for Black babies today, despite the high-tech approach.
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|Author:||Dancy, Rahima Baldwin|
|Article Type:||Video Recording Review|
|Date:||Jun 22, 1995|
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