When Maude Callen decided to become a nurse midwife in 1923, she did not choose an easy path for an African American woman living in the South. Orphaned at six and raised by an uncle who was the first African American doctor in Tallahassee, Florida, Callen was determined to bring healthcare to those who cannot access it. For over fifty years, she delivered hundreds of children, cared for the elderly and educated midwifery students in a 400-mile area in rural South Carolina known as “Hell Hole Swamp.”

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