The Nurse Midwives' Story, An Allegory

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  • Sarah E. Abrams Ph.D., R.N., B.C.

    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, 216 Rowell Hall, 106 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, Vermont 05405
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Sarah E. Abrams, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, 216 Rowell Hall, 106 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT 05405. Email: Sarah.Abrams@uvm.edu

Abstract

ABSTRACT This is an excerpt from a fictional account of a nurse midwifery student on the verge of graduation from the Maternity Center Association (MCA) School of Nurse Midwifery. The original article was written by 6 students at MCA about nurse midwifery and published in the original Public Health Nursing in 1952. After graduation, 4 of the authors served in mission groups in Saudi Arabia, Formosa, and the Philippines, and the others were employed in California and New York. The story conveys the hopes and limitations perceived by the midwifery students and serves as an allegory for those who push the boundaries of accepted practice.

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