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All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story 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.

The opening scene of the film (below) introduces the viewer to “Miss Mary,” who like “thousands of other midwives all over the south” has dedicated her life to the birthing of healthy babies.

All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story is now available on Manufactured-On-Demand (MOD) DVD.


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