MUNICH — (MunichNOW Art & Culture) — On a sunny and bright Munich Sunday afternoon, a diverse group gathered at The Munich Readery to hear co-owner and book author Lisa Yarger read from her recently released book, “Lovie –The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship”, published by The University of North Carolina Press.
Lovie is the true story of Lovie Beard Shelton, an elderly white midwife who delivered some 4000 babies in more than fifty years of practice in rural eastern North Carolina.
A local celebrity and self-invented folk hero, Lovie is a staunch defender of home birth, natural birth and a no-nonsense approach to labor and delivery. (“I told one woman, ‘Don’t pull that waterbed stuff on me, because I don’t want no waterbed babies.’”)
Over the years she delivered blacks, whites, Mennonites, hippies, women too poor to afford a hospital birth or a doctor and women rich enough to have any kind of delivery they pleased.
Now at the end of her career, she considers her outsider status in the medical world, the unsolved murder of her eldest son, and the deterioration of her body and memory that leave her wondering: When I’m no longer the midwife, who am I?
Struggling with a loss of energy and strength, she works to make sense of the jagged pieces of her life as she prepares for one final home birth.
Here is an array of photos starting with an introduction by her husband, John Browner, followed by the very expressive and dynamic reading of three sections of the new book, by author Lisa Yarger.
The Munich Readery
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Lisa’s book is available at The Munich Readery at the special price of €29.95. It is also available at Amazon.com at $34.95 while the Kindle edition is only $18.95