Skip to main content

The timeline can be navigated with the “Scroll Left” and “Scroll Right” buttons or by dragging the pointer to a date on the timeline waveform (located at the bottom of the screen on the desktop version and on the left of the screen on mobile). To filter by a particular topic and see a smaller section of the data, make a selection on the dropdown “Filters” menu or click “Search” to do a keyword search. Hover over the abbreviated filter tags in the blue boxes to see the complete name of the filter, or click a filter to display all the data with this tag. If you want to take a deeper dive into a specific topic by viewing a narrative essay page and a curated timeline, click on “Stories.”

Read More

"Granny midwives" make up the majority of the midwifery practice and will flourish until the 1920s.

Date: 1700

The Story of Rural Health

"Granny midwives" are often found in Black communities, and act as birth attendants and community healers. They are most often postmenopausal women living in rural communities, and are usually part of a matrilineal line of descent. There are white grannies and "men-midwives" as well, but they are rare. Granny midwives primarily practice a continuation of different African birthing practices. Some slaveholders condemn granny midwives, noting the rebellious influence of grannies who support access to abortions.