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Black Women Mental Health Institute

Dr. Artie C. Nelson, MD, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist in Birmingham, AL, was a guiding light for my longing professional heart. He presented his humous family style stories. I hardly heard a word. I simply marveled at his laidback patients, his...

Black Women Mental Health Institute

Black Women Mental Health Institute

Dr. Artie C. Nelson, MD, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist in Birmingham, AL, was a guiding light for my longing professional heart. He presented his humous family style stories. I hardly heard a word. I simply marveled at his laidback patients, his...

The Midwives’ Go & Show Bag

The most treasured and most essential cargo--a black leather satchel containing the tools of Granny’s trade--bounced in bed of the wagon. The bag contained all things cleaned and freshly-boiled to the point of sterilization: Sharon Holly, University of Alabama,...

Granny Midwives Part 1

Granny Midwives Part 1

It was Christmas Eve December 24, 1932, in a Shelby County coal mining town called Calera, Alabama.  Like a streak of black light Granny flies back into town like a bat out of hell. Only her very silent daughter, assistant Sally Eiland Miller known as Big Mama,...