WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH | Walton County Democratic Women’s Club
WALTON COUNTY DWC salutes Gladys Milton (1924-1999), midwife.
The late Gladys Milton (1924-1999) was recruited by the Walton County Health Department (in DeFuniak Springs, FL) to help resolve a need for a practitioner to provide delivery services to poorer women in and around the Walton county area. Too, because of racial segregation during that time, African-American women in the area mainly had to rely upon the services of midwives. After her recruitment, the Walton County Health Department then arranged for Gladys to be trained by two of the local physicians in the nearby town of Florala, Alabama. Following her training, Gladys was licensed to practice midwifery in 1959.
She delivered 3,000 babies during her midwifery career from 1959 to 1999.