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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Midwives, Doulas, and Birth Workers in North Carolina

In 2019 folklorists Josephine McRobbie and Joseph O’Connell received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to document the occupational culture and traditional knowledge of professional midwives, doulas and other birth workers throughout North Carolina. The researchers interviewed workers in diverse occupational settings, including academic research hospitals, local community medical practices dedicated to under-served populations, and ad-hoc birthing teams working with individual families throughout the state. The 20 in-depth interviews in this collection consist of audio recordings and are accompanied by documentary photographs.

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