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The Miracle of Birth: For midwife Lori Kelley, every day is Mother's Day

Article and Photography by MARYLOU BUTLER from SO Rhode Island

Throughout human history women have helped other women navigate labor and birth. Midwifes are noted in historical texts of Ancient Egypt, the Old Testament, the Roman Empire and from the 2nd Century Greek Physician Soranus of Ephesus who stated in his work, Gynecology, that “a suitable person will be literate, with her wits about her, possessed of a good memory, loving work, respectable and generally not unduly handicapped as regards her senses [i.e., sight, smell, hearing], sound of limb, robust, and, according to some people, endowed with long slim fingers and short nails at her fingertips.” A 16th Century book on Midwifery also quotes that “

A Midwife should have a hawk’s eye, a lady’s hand, a lions heart.” While the word midwife conjures up archaic images, it’s a practice that still happens today, and it’s gaining in popularity.

Read more to learn about midwife Lori Kelley.

Did you know...Lori Kelley has delivered more than 1,000 babies!