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Mary Carson Breckinridge
Birth: Feb. 17, 1881
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Death: May 16, 1965
Leslie County
Kentucky, USA

Born to an affluent family, Breckinridge grew up in Washington, D.C. and St. Petersburg, Russia, and was educated at private schools in Switzerland and Connecticut. After the death of her husband, and the deaths of her two young children, she entered the field of nursing, graduating from New York's School of Nursing at St. Luke's Hospital in 1910. During World War I, she worked with the visiting Nurse Service, and came to appreciate and value the role of the Nurse Midwife. She was certified as a midwife in London, England, and returned to Kentucky to devote herself to the healthcare of mothers and children. Using money inherited from her mother, Breckinridge started the Kentucky Commission for Mothers and Babies, which became known as the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925. The nurses in the service traveled by horseback throughout the remote Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. Due to their efforts, the maternal death rate of the region was greatly reduced.  
Family links: 
  Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1846 - 1932)
  Katherine Breckinridge Carson Breckinridge (1853 - 1921)
  Clifford Breckinridge Thompson (1914 - 1918)*
  Mary Breckinridge Thompson (1916 - 1916)*
  James Carson Breckinridge (1877 - 1942)*
  Mary Carson Breckinridge (1881 - 1965)
  Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1895 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Frontier Nursing Service
Lexington Cemetery
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section G, Lot 1.
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Record added: Jun 04, 2004
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Mary Carson Breckinridge
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