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The Early Midwives of Missouri


  • Diana S. Perry M.S.N., C.N.M.

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    • Diana Perry received her M.S.N. degree with a major in nurse-midwifery from St. Louis University and currently holds a position as a nurse-midwife at the Public Health Service Hospital in Tuba City, Arizona.

C.N.M., P.O. Box 1918, Tuba City, AZ 86045


This article reviews the practices and progress of midwives in Missouri during the second half of the nineteenth century. A description is included of early midwifery schools, a professional society of midwives, and the first American midwifery journal. The regulation of midwifery and the diminishing numbers of midwives in this state after 1900 are also discussed.