Event Announcement: "Flora Hommel: A Labor of Love"

On Thursday, July 30, celebrate the life and works of Detroiter and Lamaze childbirth method pioneer Flora Hommel through her collection at the Reuther Library. Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the late Flora Hommel and her collection at the Reuther Library through a display and discussion featuring local historians, Hommel’s family, and others associated with the Lamaze childbirth method.

Flora Hommel was one of the pioneers who brought the Lamaze psychoprophylactic method of painless childbirth to the United States, establishing an important teaching organization in Detroit, the Childbirth Without Pain Education Association (CWPEA). An alumna of Wayne State University’s College of Nursing, Hommel championed the rights of women to control childbirth, creating a grass-roots movement contemporaneous with the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The Flora Hommel Papers at the Reuther Library includes CWPEA documents and correspondence from its establishment through the 1990s. It includes records of events, classes and projects, including the birthing center and the making of an American version of the well-respected French childbirth film “Naissance.” The collection also holds many birth reports: extensive narrations of the birth experiences of CWPEA students. For more information, contact Archivist Louis Jones at 313-577-0263 or louis.jones@wayne.edu.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in Structure 1 for $7, credit card only. Please visit this page to RSVP.

5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Walter P. Reuther Library
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Wayne State University

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