The Awakening And Its Effects On North America 's Coast Essay

1497 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
When I moved to North Carolina nearly two years ago, I had an awakening. This was not a feeling I could simply ignore; the awakening came from the spirits of these mountains. Some people have strong connections to the earth beneath our toes, particularly to the spirit that rests here in Appalachia. Living at the beach, with a coastal vegetation, there was not an astonishing amount of biodiversity like we see here in Appalachia. These mountains provide a welcoming landscape for nearly one hundred and thirty medicinal plants to flourish. With the arrival and receding of glaciers on North America’s coast, biodiversity could reach its full potential. Glacial forces caused plants and animals to seek refuge from the elements in Appalachia’s high peaks. From the Cherokee to the mountain people, Appalachian folk have come to embrace the healing powers plants exude. Some of the people who found these plants to carry exceptional healing potential were the woman of Appalachia who practice herbal midwifery.
Birth in Appalachia had a rough past. Prior to the industrialization of Appalachia, the region did not hold much wealth. This led to high infant mortality rates from the subsequent poor health and socioeconomic condition of the area. One woman, Mary Breckinridge, sought to change that reality. In 1924 after completing her midwifery training in England, Mary returned home to Leslie County, Kentucky with a deep-rooted passion to seek out the women with nursing and midwife experience.…

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