Creator

Date Original

1925-1947

Description

The collection includes directories of midwives, permits issued to midwives, and midwife reports.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas State Board of Health attempted to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates through health education and good health practices. In 1921, monies from the federal government became available to the State of Arkansas for child health programs. One of the first federally-funded programs, the Sheppard-Towner Act, provided funds to various state health departments. Maternal and child health programs were designed to provide mother and infant care, and reduce high mortality rates in areas where doctors were not available. Beginning in the 1920s, midwives were required to register their names, which would be listed in a directory of midwives from each county, and encouraged to obtain a permit. Midwives were responsible for reporting the number of births and deaths, and the causes of deaths of mothers and infants, to the Arkansas State Board of Health.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000513

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Midwife Reports, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Arkansas State Board of Health, MS.000513

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Midwife Reports, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Arkansas State Board of Health, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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