Born around 1910 in Alabama, Onnie Lee Logan was in her 70s when she reluctantly slowed her lifework as a midwife. In this remarkable, electric oral history of a woman, a time, and a place, she passes on stories of the women whose babies she "caught," unnerving folk remedies for female troubles, and the faith and "motherwit" she drew on as babies made their way toward the world. What little bitterness she shows is aimed at the sorry ways that blacks were treated by whites during much of her life. "I don't remember a single doctor deliverin a black baby at home," she says. "...Cause if they sent for him the baby woulda been there and probably some of em walkin befo' he got there." Interviewer Katherine Clark stitches together the flow of words seamlessly without cleaning them up; Logan comes across as a garrulous old friend rocking on the porch, whiling away a hot afternoon in talk.
From Publishers Weekly
An Alabama midwife recalls her 40-year career, describing how she began her life's work and her eventual acceptance by the medical community. "In Logan's rich, regional speech . . . a strong, faith-filled woman is heard; her eloquent memoir is vivid Americana," asserted PW.
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