All My Babies.
This is a re-issue of the 1950s classic, which today would be called a "docu-drama" about the practice of a Black midwife in rural Georgia before the state made such midwives obsolete and illegal. "Miss Mary" is a highly experienced midwife serving her Black community, and we follow two pregnancies with her - one of a woman who eats well and has a healthy baby, and one who has poor nutrition, a history of miscarriages and delivers this baby early as well. The midwife fashions a warmer out of a cardboard box cardboard box n → caja de cartón
cardboard box n → (boîte f en) carton m
cardboard box card n → lined with whiskey whiskey [from the Gaelic for "water of life"], spirituous liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grains, usually rye, barley, oats, wheat, or corn. Inferior whiskeys are made from potatoes, beets, and other roots. bottles filled with boiling water to keep the baby in until it can be safely transported to the clinic/ hospital for extended care.
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 regionalization Managed care The subdivision of a broadly available service–eg, a blood bank, into quasi-autonomous regional centers, capable of making decisions and providing more cost-effective and/or faster service to hospitals and health care facilities, 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 Mary I, 1516–58, queen of England
Mary I (Mary Tudor), 1516–58, queen of England (1553–58), daughter of Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragón. made to wonder if she could become too tired or sloppy with her sterilization sterilization
Any surgical procedure intended to end fertility permanently (see contraception). Such operations remove or interrupt the anatomical pathways through which the cells involved in fertilization travel (see reproductive system). ).
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 Perinatal mortality (PNM), also perinatal death, refers to the death of a fetus or neonate and is the basis to calculate the perinatal mortality rate. Variations in the precise definition of the perinatal mortality exist specifically concerning the issue of inclusion rates for Black babies today, despite the high-tech approach.