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Ohio State University Press


Linda Janet Holmes is the author of a Ms. Magazine 2023 "Most Anticipated Feminist Book" and "Must Read" Safe in a Midwife's Hands: Birthing Traditions from Africa to the American South 


"A singular and significant work." —Karla J. Strand, Ms. Magazine


"Through in-depth interviews and driven by personal passion and experience, Linda Janet Holmes weaves together the histories of African and African American midwives to share an undertold story of birthing traditions and justice." —Linda Villarosa, author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation


 "Safe in a Midwife's Hands captures in vivid detail the power and endurance of Black women who protected life from the history of enslavement to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. Like the midwives about whom she writes, Linda Holmes has given us the gift of women's knowledge and power at the beginning of life."—William Ferris, cofounder, Center for Southern Folklore






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