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Linda Janet Holmes

Linda Janet Holmes is a seasoned women's health researcher and writer who is widely recognized for her groundbreaking documentation of the practices of traditional African American midwives. Twenty-five years ago, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities provided support for an oral history project on African American midwives in Alabama. This research led to numerous publications and to varied multi-media productions. Her writings on Afirman American midwives includ chapters in /The American Way of Birth/ and /The Black Women's Health Book/.

Ms. Holmes co-authored with Margaret Charles Smith the award-winning book, Listen to me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife (1996). Recently, Ms. Holmes has curated the extraordinary traveling exhibition, "Reclaiming Midwives, Still from All My Babies" that honors the work of still photographer, Robert Galbraith. The photographs of midwife, Mary Francis Hill Coley and her charges are revelational.
Picture from Reclaiming Midwives:  Backdrop to the Future video
April 23 2007