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MC 656; T-377; Vt-181

Wainer, Nancy, 1947- . Papers of Nancy Wainer, 1973-2008 (inclusive), 1976-1998 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 656; T-377; Vt-181
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Nancy Wainer, 1947-
Title: Papers of Nancy Wainer, 1973-2008 (inclusive), 1976-1998 (bulk)
Date(s): 1973-2008
Date(s): 1976-1998
Quantity: 2.08 linear feet (5 file boxes) plus 2 audiotapes, 1 videotape, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Writings and correspondence of Nancy Wainer, midwife and health care activist, and articles re: childbirth methods.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2008-M153
The papers of Nancy Wainer were given to the Schlesinger Library by Nancy Wainer in September 2008.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2011
By: Susan Earle

Access Restrictions:

Access. Researchers must sign a special form for access to #1.8-1.12, 2.1-2.4, 2.7, 3.7, 3.9, 4.1, 4.16, 5.3, and 5.19. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Nancy Wainer is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Nancy Wainer Papers, 1973-2008; item description, dates. MC 656, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

For related material, see the records of C/Sec, Inc., 2005-M115.

SEPARATION RECORD

Donor: Nancy Wainer
Accession number: 2008-M153
Processed by: Susan Earle
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine:
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the records of C/Sec, Inc.:
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library book collection:
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library audiovisual collection.

BIOGRAPHY

Midwife and childbirth writer and speaker Nancy Wainer was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1947, the daughter of Merton and Ethel (Cohen) Wainer. She graduated from Boston University in 1969. She and her husband Paul Cohen, a dentist, married in 1969 and settled in Needham, Massachusetts, and had three children, Eric (b.1972), Elissa (b.1974), and Andrea (b.1979), before divorcing. From 1972 until 1982, she was a leader in La Leche League, a nonprofit organization founded in 1956 to promote breastfeeding. In 1973, Wainer and Jini Duffy Fairley founded the nonprofit organization C/Sec Inc. (Cesareans/Support Education and Concern), which provided information on cesarean childbirth, cesarean prevention, and vaginal birth after cesarean or VBAC, a phrase coined by Wainer. Wainer was instrumental in changing hospital policies regarding cesarean section and VBAC and spoke out forcefully against a growing reliance in the United States on technology and surgery during birth. She is the author (as Nancy Wainer Cohen) of Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (1983) and Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s (1991); she has also written several articles on childbirth. As of 2011, she is a practicing certified professional midwife specializing in homebirths, conducting childbirth seminars throughout the United States and in Canada, and serving as a consultant to birthing organizations around the world.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection documents Wainer's career as a midwife and health care educator and activist. There is very little material on her personal life. The collection includes correspondence, including birth announcements and thank you notes from women whose babies Wainer delivered; brochures and flyers for Wainer's workshops; printed literature about cesarean prevention and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); worksheets and other material from Wainer's internship at Casa de Nacitmiento in El Paso, Texas; clippings; audiotapes; a videotape; and photographs. Wainer was involved with several online childbirth forums, including the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), Unassisted Childbirth, the Unassisted Childbirth email list and the Unassisted Birth After Cesarean List. Printouts of exchanges on these sites have been removed from the collection for reasons of privacy; as have a large number of childbirth photographs. The collection is arranged in the following groupings: biographical; correspondence; internship and apprenticeship; photographs; resource files; workshops and conferences; and writings and related. The arrangement within each group is alphabetical. Wainer's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Audiotapes
Cesarean section--United States
Childbirth--United States
Doulas--United States
Electronic records
Midwifery
Midwives--United States
Natural childbirth--Coaching
Vaginal birth after cesarean
Videotapes
Web sites
Women health reformers
C/Sec, Inc.

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