Of 2020’s many unanticipated events, that the World Health Organization’s declared this year as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife is striking for it’s poignancy and importance. Nurses and healthcare workers are more than “essential.”
The Oral History Archives at Columbia (OHAC) has a number of interviews related to nursing and midwifery:
- Oral histories related to nurses and nursing
- Oral history interview with Mary Evangeline Kohler
- Oral history interview with Ruth Watson Lubic:
Ruth Watson Lubic was born in 1927 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. She received a degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and received a midwifery certificate from the Maternity Center Association’s School of Nurse Midwifery in 1962. Working with the Maternity Center Association, Lubic helped open the Childbearing Center (CBC) in Manhattan in 1975. At the time, this dedicated center, staffed by nurse midwives was seen as a radical departure from the prevailing practice of in-hospital births. To better aid communities underserved by the healthcare system, a second center was opened in the South Bronx in 1988. In 1993, Lubic received a MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant.” She used the award to establish the Developing Families Center in Washington, DC. The organization strives to provide healthcare and social services to underserved mothers and children.