Linda J. Holmes

Listen To Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife

“Smith…offers readers a firsthand account of rural lay midwifery and life in a small Alabama town… [Her] dedication, strong religious faith, and dignity are evident throughout this tribute to a tradition of self--care and community support. This fascinating oral history will interest students of the health sciences, women’s studies and history, as well as general readers. Highly recommended for all collections.”
Library Journal


“Margaret Charles Smith is a national treasure. She can teach us abut courage, motherwit, perseverance, our history, and how to face what’s coming—if we listen.”
–Ina May Gaskin, President, Midwives’ Alliance of North America and author of Spiritual Midwifery

Selected Works

Nonfiction
The first-ever, full-length biography of a trailblazing artist who championed black women in her fiction as well as in her life
Life story of Margaret Charles Smith, African American midwife, who delivered countless babies in Alabama.
"Brilliance, courage and joy are what I knew of Toni Cade Bambara. Savoring the Salt mirrors her exhilarating intellect and the reach of her incomparable talents. Clearly, in these pages, the impact of her life and work—on family, friends, artists, students, colleagues—is as profound as it is forever."
—Toni Morrison

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