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Grandison, Kathleen

Kathleen Grandison Papers

1977-ca. 2001
3 boxes 1 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1224

Dr. Kathleen Grandison, a family practitioner and pregnancy/birthing specialist with an interest
in homeopathy, was part of the first class of Kansas University School of Medicine at Wichita (1975) and
completed her residency in family medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. She joined the Sufi community near Unadilla, New York in the late 1970s and opened her family practice at the Light of Life Health Center there in January 1980. The Abode of New Life Birthing Room opened above the family practice with Grandison as its director and a goal of providing a safe alternative to hospital births. Along with other alternative-birth/parenting advocates including Murshida Vera Corda, Tom and Gail Brewer, and Angela Colclough, Grandison organized and spoke at the 1980 symposium Birth: The Transformation of Being. Grandison went on to continue her family practice in Western Massachusetts. With a consideration for spiritual health as well as physical, Grandison is also a certified Raphaelite Work practitioner.

Includes documentation of Grandison’s talks on and practices in pregnancy, birth, parenting, and spiritual health; lecture slides and class descriptions; publications detailing Grandison’s time at Kansas University Wichita; personal correspondence with Ina May-Gaskin (prominent American midwife, The Farm, Tennessee); documentation of the Abode of the New Life Birthing Center and Light of life Health Center; an autobiography excerpt; 57 cassette tapes of lectures from Birth: The Transformation of Being.

Gift of Kathleen Grandison, 2024.


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