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A Frontier Nursing Service nurse delivers a baby at a home in the 1930s. When Mary Breckinridge started the rural health care experiment in Leslie and Clay counties in 1925, the area had few roads, so nurses rode horses. In addition to home visits, FNS operated community clinics and a hospital in Hyden. The organizations primary focus was on the health of young children and their mothers, and FNS nurse midwives delivered many babies. Photo provided.



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