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
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