Let me introduce you to
Onnie Lee Logan
When still quite young, she knew that she wanted to be a midwife. Her mother was a midwife, and her grandmother was a midwife, even while she was a slave
She received her midwife permit in Mobile in 1949, quicker than any other applicants because of her almost twenty years of experience in Magnolia and the Sweet Water area. Until that time, midwives did not need to be licensed. Logan, who took classes for the permit and subsequently submitted to rigorous supervision and regulations each year from the board of health
In her book Motherwit. Logan speaks of educating the expectant parents, delivering the babies, cleaning and cooking afterwards, sewing the baby clothes, and even burying the placentas around her peach tree. She did whatever needed to be done.
Logan’s confidence in her right and ability to practice midwifery was seconded by at least one doctor in Mobile who told her it was a shame that she never became a physician
It was not until 1976 did Alabama outlaw lay midwives, but Logan, the last midwife in Mobile, was allowed to continue until 1984. When Logan received notice that her services were no longer needed, she was one of the last midwives in the country.
Resource: blackthen.com and encyclopedia.com - 12 minutes ago