The Importance Of Women In Appalachia

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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 …show more content…
For that reason, the Frontier Nursing Service women went on horseback, to the places that could not be reached by vehicle on the winding paths of these hollows, to provide their time and skills to underprivileged Appalachian families. With isolation and poor health care characteristic to this region, the women on horseback were much needed. Prior to the introduction of the FNS the national maternal death rate, or the number of mothers who died due to complications with pregnancy or labor, was nearly 6 deaths per one thousand births. However, with their introduction there were no maternal deaths within the first one thousand births accompanied by Frontier nurses. Undoubtedly, the people of Appalachia were skeptical of these foreigners, mostly young, single women, who came with a promise of helping mothers in need. After the obvious success of these nursing midwives, rumors of poor service and fear began to

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