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Posted on: March 29, 2021

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

The Women Who Caught the Babies

by Eloise Greenfield; illustrated by Daniel Minter

In this story in verse, Eloise Greenfield paints a vivid portrait of Black midwives across hundreds of years. Paired with artwork by Daniel Minter, readers follow the history of midwifery, including Greenfield's own delivery by a woman named Miss Rovenia Mayo. The book opens with a strong summary on the history of Black midwives and includes a robust bibliography for readers looking to learn more.

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