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Etta "Granny" Nichols: Last of the Old-Time Midwives

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Etta "Granny" Nichols: Last of the Old-Time Midwives.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Sharon Smith-Ledford(Author)

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This book is a biography of Etta's life from her birth in 1897 until her death in 1994, which includes her ancestral history dating back to 1812. Details of the hardships the Appalachian Mountain people suffered to survive are shared throughout her story. Etta's caring nature and gentle hands would eventually touch over 2,000 souls who she would help bring into the world as a midwife, never charging more than $15.00. This same community gained fame in Catherine Marshall’s book, Christy, but in 1930 another star was in the making: Etta’s career choice brought her much media attention beginning in the 1970's due to the fact that the old-time midwives were quickly becoming a "dying breed". She appeared in many local newspaper articles in surrounding counties, and later her fame spread to NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, People magazine, Star magazine, AARP magazine, National Geographic, The Heartland Series, and she was mentioned in several books. She was a kind and loving person, and a faithful Christian who believed in helping others. Her story offers inspiration to all as your heart is warmed by the unselfish ways she showed love and caring to everyone whose life she touched.

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  • PDF | 228 pages
  • Sharon Smith-Ledford(Author)
  • SSL Publishing Company; 3 edition (May 22, 2016)
  • English
  • 4
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Sandy Evans on September 1, 2016

    A wonderful book that truly captures the sweet spirit of Granny Nichols. I grew up not far from her and know the author, Granny Nichols' granddaughter. She truly captures her grandmother's sweet spirit and makes the Del Rio Mountains come alive in a way that is fascinating yet so real. It is a book that truly deals with life in the mountains and this dear, sweet lady that delivered over 2000 babies during her life as a Midwife. A true story that has both happiness and sadness but each page leaves you yearning for more. I knew a book abut "Granny Nichols" would be great but I'm also impressed with the way Sharon very vividly and accurately describes the way life was in a simpler, slower time. She makes you yearn for those times again. Sharon describes life here in Del Rio, Tennessee the way it really is. Thank you so much Sharon for such a wonderful gift...the story of Etta "Granny" Nichols.

  • By N.J. on August 28, 2016

    This book is increbible! It only arrived two days ago and I'm having a very hard time putting it down.The author takes you back in time and makes you feel as if you were there. I will stay up way past my bedtime for as long as it takes to finish reading it!If you enjoy reading about the 'American Spirit' our ancesters had, this book is for you!

  • By LdySmylee on August 4, 2016

    This book is a must read for those interested in midwifery and the way it relates to an isolated community. If you enjoy reading about Appalachia history and culture, then this is the book for you!

  • By Jay Setser on August 27, 2016

    This book will take you into the mountains of East Tennessee, where my great great aunt delivered over 2000 babies using only common sense and training she had received from her father, an unlicensed physician. He learned from his father, a trained and licensed physician - not out of want or dreams, but out of a love for people and necessity.I have read this updated version, and now that I'm older and back in the community as a nurse practitioner, it really was interesting to hear these stories of people I've met and many I'm related to. If you have any interest in Appalachian studies or stories, or midwifery, nursing or just helping your neighbor, this story will inspire you.

  • By Scribe611 on August 24, 2016

    I absolutely love this book. The whole time you're reading about Granny's life growing up, you're wishing you could have known her. As the author takes you through Granny's 60 or so years as a midwife - the struggles she faced, the wonderful memories and the incredible love she and Harrison had for each other - it just fills your heart with emotion. This is a story that stays with you long after you've turned the last page. If you want to get a really good glimpse into what life in the mountains of East Tennessee was really like, if you want to read a story that will touch your heart, if you want to learn more about this fascinating, strong-willed, faith-filled, happy-spirited little lady - YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! It really needs to be a movie.

  • By Felicia Rogers on August 4, 2016

    The story of Etta "Granny" Nichols is a great read for anyone interested in Appalachian history and the history of midwives. The book includes lots of pictures that catalog Granny's life as she made an impression on not only the people in her local community, but the world. Her loving kindness and gentle manner brought pregnant women from as far away as Florida. Not only was she a midwife, but she mentored others on how to be midwives as well.If you're looking for a truthful account of a midwife, then you should look here.

  • By on August 27, 2016

    An enjoyable read of the days gone by. The life story of Etta as a mid-wife along with their struggles thru the years before electricity. Amazing woman indeed who put others before herself.

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