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Mary Breckinridge, Founder of Frontier Nursing Service

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In 1929, Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier nursing service; a midwife service that served women in labor on horseback. This was a drastic change in midwifery history because in the rural area where the FNS was, very little people gave birth in a hospital, because there wasn’t one near them.

Mary Breckinridge Mary Breckinridge was the nation's foremost pioneer in the development of American midwifery and the provision of care to the nation's rural areas as founder of the Frontier Nursing Service.

Mary Breckinridge , Founder of the New Model of Rural Health Care & Frontier Nursing Service – (1881 to 1965) – Mary Breckinridge came from an influential family and enjoyed a privileged childhood. Unfortunately, though, her 2 own children did not endure childhood. This was the most notable accounts of Mary Breckinridge that are associated with her decision to dedicate her life in improving health of poor women and children in rural areas of America.

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Official FNS photo, Frontier Nursing Service, Mrs Mary Breckinridge with her dogs

Official FNS photo, Frontier Nursing Service, Mrs Mary Breckinridge with her dogs

leslie co.  ky pictures | Leslie County Frontier Nursing Mrs. Mary Breckingridge

Mary Breckinridge became part of the American Committee for Devastated France after World War I. By working with French and British nurse-midwives, she gained inspiration to introduce nurse-midwifery to US.

When I Am An Old Horsewoman I shall wear turquoise and diamonds, And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me And I shall spend my social security on white wine and carrots, And sit in my alleyway of my barn And listen to my horses breathe.

<b>Caption from LIFE. Mary Breckinridge runs Frontier Nursing Service with 29 nurses who staff hospital at Hyden and seven subsidiary nursing centers, three of them in Leslie.

Native Indian Chief American Horse 1908 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo Native Indian Chief American Horse 1908 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo Here is a neat collectible of a wistful looking native Indian Chief

Native Indian Chief American Horse 1908 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

Native Indian Chief American Horse 1908 Reprint Of Old Photo Native Indian Chief American Horse 1908 Reprint Of Old Photo Here is a neat collectible of a wistful looking native Indian Chief

Mary Breckenridge (1881-1965), a nurse midwife. She founded the Frontier Nursing Service to provide maternity services to women in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky.  Nurses visited families on horseback.  This service significantly lowered the maternal mortality rate of the region served.

1937 LIFE magazine article profiling Mary Breckinridge's Frontier Nursing Service, for which Mary Brewer worked at the time.

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