Interview with Molly Lee, February 6, 1979

Molly Lee came to the FNS from England as a nurse-midwife, having had experience in England, Scotland and Canada. Part of her district nursing experience as a Queen's Nurse had been learning to do without the usual supplies and to improvise in people's homes. She began work with the FNS in 1955, serving at Beech Fork and later at Confluence. Lee discusses Mary Breckinridge, in particular as a speaker at a fund raising dinner. Having left the FNS for a period, Lee returned in 1958 to teach at the hospital. She also performed most of the home deliveries in the Hyden area. Lee explains that the amended Kentucky law, as of the time of the interview, prevented nurse-midwives from being paid for deliveries if a doctor were not present, a circumstance that negated their purpose, and that outside Kentucky, midwives were recognized and paid. Lee's midwifery course in England is described in detail and compared to the curriculum in the U.S., the latter being more comprehensive. Lee discusses the birth control pill developed by Dr. John Rock and its reception in the FNS area. She goes on to detail the current operation of the FNS and the teaching program. Lee also specifies some innovative procedures used in delivery and comments upon midwifery examinations.

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