All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story

53min | 1952
"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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Topics: Parenting, Pregnancy, Medicine, African-American, UNESCO, Inspiration, Children
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Phyllis Asinyanbi
Phyllis Asinyanbi
November 28, 2014
A
Beautiful film which depicts what life was like for African Americans in the pre-Civil Rights era.
Darlene Rivera
Darlene Rivera
October 1, 2014
A
Beautiful and humbling..a joy to watch. God bless Miss Mary.
Sara Berken
Sara Berken
July 18, 2014
A
Debbie Swinson
Debbie Swinson
April 25, 2014
A
vanessa
vanessa
January 18, 2014
A
janeen horlbeck
janeen horlbeck
November 25, 2013
B
debra sparks
debra sparks
November 24, 2013
A+
Alberto Zambenedetti
Alberto Zambenedetti
November 14, 2013
A+
Margaret Ladner
Margaret Ladner
November 2, 2013
A+
A beautiful, remarkable film. It is amazing that this film was made in 1952.
Ramona Chesley
Ramona Chesley
October 30, 2013
A