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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse All My Babies for showing how bad it
was when black women were not allowed to go to hospitals for
whites. They were limited to the few black hospitals often many
miles away with virtually no way to reach them. This movie is
PRICELESS as it was produced by a single white doctor who
took upon himself to offer it as training for midwives who
were a black women's only source of help during birth.

All My Babies
A Midwife's Own Story

All My Babies (1952) - 79 minutes
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All My Babies (1952) was selected in 2002 by the Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically, and artistically significant work" for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry.

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

As a bonus, this DVD edition also includes Palmour Street (1949), a dramatized, open-ended 25-minute discussion of family relations, a film which Stoney directed on location in Gainesville, Georgia, for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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All My Babies
A Midwife's Own Story

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse All My Babies for showing how bad it
was when black women were not allowed to go to hospitals for
whites. They were limited to the few black hospitals often many
miles away with virtually no way to reach them. This movie is
PRICELESS as it was produced by a single white doctor who
took upon himself to offer it as training for midwives who
were a black women's only source of help during birth.