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Mary Breckinridge
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1881
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Death: May 16, 1965
Hyden
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.  
 
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 Parents:
  Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1846 - 1932)
  Katherine Breckinridge Carson Breckinridge (1853 - 1921)
 
 Children:
  Clifford Breckinridge Thompson (1914 - 1918)*
  Mary Breckinridge Thompson (1916 - 1916)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Carson Breckinridge (1877 - 1942)*
  Mary Breckinridge (1881 - 1965)
  Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1895 - 1966)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Frontier Nursing Service
 
Burial:
Lexington Cemetery
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section G, Lot 1.
 
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Record added: Jun 04, 2004
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Mary Breckinridge
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