FRONTIER NURSE: Mary Breckinridge by Katherine E. & Elizabeth R. Moseley Wilkie

FRONTIER NURSE: Mary Breckinridge

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Mary Breckinridge had observed nursing-midwifery cooperation in England and set up a visiting nurse service in 1918 France before she undertook a similar project in Fayette County in 1925. The Kentucky Committee for Mothers and Children (renamed the Frontier Nursing Service in 1928) offered childbirth assistance to all who requested it. Their unofficial motto: ""If the father can get to the nurse, the nurse can get to the mother."" From her headquarters (""Wendover,"" because so many came) Mary Breckinridge directed the district stations and watched her operation grow from a few nurses to a substantial facility including two houses, a hospital and a chapel. Adulatory in tone, this presents Mrs. Breckinridge as forward-looking, child-loving, and never-erring. For white cap worshippers, another altruistic model.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1969
Publisher: Messner