Angels on Horseback: Midwives in the Mountains

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Learn how Mary Carson Breckinridge brought unprecedented healthcare to rural Appalachia.

In 1925, Mrs. Mary Carson Breckinridge led a team of spirited women to Leslie County, Kentucky and established a demonstration of providing unprecedented healthcare to rural Appalachia. Together, they improved the maternal and infant mortality rates, losing just two maternal patients over a span of 12 years.

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In 1925, Mrs. Mary Carson Breckinridge led a team of spirited women to Leslie County, Kentucky and established a demonstration of providing unprecedented healthcare to rural Appalachia. Chosen partially for its remoteness, Breckinridge wanted a location so difficult to reach that it would serve as proof that her grassroots model could be duplicated anywhere in the United States.

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