Interview with Betty Daugherty, June 6, 1989
Project: American College of Nurse Midwives Oral History Project
Interview SummaryThe interview covers a period starting in 1943-1974. Sister Daugherty had joined the army nurse corps during WWII under Eisenhower returning shortly to the U.S., joining the Medical Mission Sisters, prior to going overseas to Rawalpindi, Pakistan. There she received nurse and midwifery training following the British standards graduating with a Class-A certificate in the early 1950s. At that time, they were working seven days a week, 12 hours a night. As Catholic sisters, the problem was one of infringing on the muslim way of life. She returned to the U.S. when lung cancer was suspected and was transferred to CMI. In 1968, she was elected district-superior of the Santa Fe-Atlanta St. Vincent's Hospital. With the oversupply of doctors in Santa Fe, CMI had to close in 1970. Until 1974, she worked at the Shiprock Maternity Center. It was her understanding of foreign cultures, values and beliefs that qualified her as a leader.
Sister Daugherty talks about the clients and her student nurse midwives at CMI, the custom of praying for the newborn and blessing of the newly graduated nurse midwife's hands. People remembered are: Lorraine Sevcovic, Susan Dorman (?), Dr. Gurtz (obstetrician at Shiprock), Dr. Charlotte Jones (OB-GYN specialist), Dr. Moynihan, Dr. Maryanne Hotopp (pediatrician), Violet Fisher (nutrition), Grantley DeBrief (foreign guest speaker), Mary Hugh Colman, Amalia Sanchez, and Ann Fox (public health nurse). Relationships between CMI and the community were interactive.
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