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All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story

All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story
53:55 | 1952

Categories: Classic Movies, History, Health and Food

"This beautiful film is the story of "Miss Mary" Coley an African-American midwife more than half a century ago in rural Georgia. Conceived as a demonstration film for "granny" midwives its production sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health All My Babies quickly transcended its initial purpose. It was used around the world by UNESCO and has become an enduring classic of non-fiction film.

ALL MY BABIES was written produced and directed by George C. Stoney in close collaboration with Mrs. Coley as well as with local public health doctors and nurses and shows the preparation for and home delivery of healthy babies in both relatively good and bad rural conditions among black families at that time.

The film is in addition both a deeply respectful portrait of "Miss Mary" who is revealed as an inspiring human being and a record of the actual living conditions of her patients.

Selected in 2002 by the Librarian of Congress as a "'culturally historically and artistically significant work'" for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry."

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Phyllis Asinyanbi
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November 28, 2014
A
Beautiful film which depicts what life was like for African Americans in the pre-Civil Rights era.
Darlene Rivera
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October 1, 2014
A
Beautiful and humbling..a joy to watch. God bless Miss Mary.
Sara Berken
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July 18, 2014
A
Debbie Swinson
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April 25, 2014
A
vanessa
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January 18, 2014
A
janeen horlbeck
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November 25, 2013
B
debra sparks
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November 24, 2013
A+
Alberto Zambenedetti
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November 14, 2013
A+
Margaret Ladner
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November 2, 2013
A+
A beautiful, remarkable film. It is amazing that this film was made in 1952.
Ramona Chesley
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October 30, 2013
A
Muhammad Asif Rehman
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September 23, 2013
A+
very very like it
Kim Lueders
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September 7, 2013
A+
Elsie Greene
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September 1, 2013
A+
Amazing way of paying homage to our midwives.
Alicia Clark
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August 27, 2013
A
Lori Boardman
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August 25, 2013
A+
Michele
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August 24, 2013
A
Sweet. Can't help but smile after watchin' this.
Mollie Shelton Lanphear
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July 18, 2013
A+
Judie Johansson
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July 5, 2013
A
Priscilla Burgmayer
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October 18, 2012
fun! What a great history we have!
Skye Doel
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October 6, 2012
Wow! That is a beautiful old film... such an eye opener to the way things were done... I love it!
Marisa Ogletree
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September 4, 2012
Great, great , great film! Thank God for great midwives! Kendra McLester!
Bau Bau Nance
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July 29, 2012
I was bornr 50 miles from Albany, Georgia by a midwife who happened to be BLIND! No one knew she was blind at the time she delivered me, successfully. I'm the only one of our TEN children who do not have a birth certificate because my mid wife was blind and no one knew in advance. Since then, I've got my "delayed" birth certiicate.
Rodney Shepherd
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August 21, 2012
I didnt know that aunt t send me your number I thought I had it please thankyou
Stanley Williams Sr.
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February 26, 2012
My Mother was a Midwife and her mother before....My Sons Mother was a midwife too! Thanks..stm
Jurie Gena
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January 21, 2012
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