Loretta Alvarez

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Loretta Alvarez
Born Loretta Lucero
1892
Mexico
Died 1996
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Nationality Pascua Yaqui
Occupation Midwife
Known for Tucson's Kino Community Hospital named the hospital's labor & delivery unit after her.

Loretta Lucero Alvarez (1892–1996) was a Pascua Yaqui midwife from the 1920s until the 1970s in Tucson, Arizona. Tucson's Kino Community Hospital named their labor and delivery unit after her.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Loretta Lucero was born in northern Mexico in 1892. She married Luis Alvarez, a railroad worker, and moved to Nogales, Arizona. After World War I the couple moved to Tucson, where they would raise their 14 children. Nicknamed "Mama" by family and locals alike, she spoke both Yaqui and Spanish and provided her services to women from different ethic groups, as well as her own Pascua Yaqui community. In her midwife work she utilized herbs and prenatal massage to deliver breech births. Lucero received payment for her work, including vegetables and food. She served as a midwife until the age of 80 and, dying at the age of 104, she attributed her long life to her Catholic faith.[1]

Legacy[edit]

Tucson's Kino Community Hospital named their labor and delivery unit after Lucero.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Loretta Lucero Alvarez (b. 1892, d. 1996)". Arizona Women's Heritage Trail. 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.