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M.A. alumna wins book award

Congratulations to UTA History department alumna Jenny M. Luke, who has won the 2019 American Association for the History of Nursing Lavinia L. Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing in a Book! Ms. Luke received this award for her fascinating study Delivered By Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South.

Using evidence from nursing, medical, and public health journals of the era; primary sources from state and county departments of health; and personal accounts from varied practitioners, Luke's monograph provides a new perspective on the childbirth experience of African American women and their maternity care providers. The study moves beyond the usual racial dichotomies to expose a more complex shift in childbirth culture, revealing the changing expectations and agency of African American women in their rejection of a two-tier maternity care system and their demands to be part of an inclusive, desegregated society.