Justina Ford: Colorado’s “Lady Doctor”

1 Woman. 7,000 Babies. 5,346,682 Diapers.

Discrimination kept Justina Ford from practicing medicine in Colorado hospitals when she moved to Denver in 1902. But that didn’t stop her from caring for thousands of patients, most of them African Americans and recent immigrants. The first African American woman licensed as a medical doctor in Colorado, Ford specialized in gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics, delivering more than 7,000 babies in her fifty-year career. Excluded from city hospitals, Ford ran a successful practice at home in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Known for her generosity, the “Lady Doctor” refused to turn away any patient. Her former house is now the Black American West Museum. Photo History Colorado.

 

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