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 Mary Carson Breckinridge

Mary Carson Breckinridge

Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Death 16 May 1965 (aged 84)
Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section G, Lot 1.
Memorial ID 8872599 · View Source
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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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