Dr. Carolyn Mann Rawlins, well known in The Way International for her work in obstetrics and gynecology, died on Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She had been living in North Carolina the last 7 years near one of her sons.
During her medical career, Dr. Rawlins assisted in the birth of over 16,000 babies, many of whom for members of The Way. Dr. Rawlins was a pioneer in the field of natural child birth.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3:30 p.m.Saturday, March 3, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.
Below is the obituary notice as it appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal:
Carolyn Mann Rawlins
Carolyn Mann Rawlins, M.D., is awaiting the return of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dr. Rawlins passed away peacefully at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Monday, Feb. 26, 2007.
Originally from Indiana, Dr. Rawlins' home for the last seven years was in North Carolina and, in her own words, "I just can't believe the beauty around me in N.C." One thing she always looked forward to was to drive through the mountains at the changing of the colors of the leaves on the trees.
Dr. Rawlins was preceded in death by her parents, Perry James Mann and Myrtle Hall Mann; her brother, Kenneth Mann; and her son, Craig Rawlins. She is survived by her two sons, Kent with wife Gloria, of Cedar Lake, Ind., and Chris, with wife Jan, of Kernersville. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Keith Rawlins (Sheila), Karlee Latuszek (Scott), Emily Sudberry (Joshua) and Amy Rawlins; stepgrandchildren Bill Osterman and Rich Janiga; and great-grandchild, Kayla Rawlins.
Dr. Rawlins wanted to be a doctor since early childhood. After graduating from the Indiana University of Medicine, she opened her obstetrical practice in 1949. At that time, mothers were anesthetized during childbirth. However, one of her early patients requested natural childbirth. This mother wanted to be awake and aware while giving birth to her baby, and this birth changed Dr. Rawlins' life! She became a pioneer in natural childbirth and family-centered maternal care, delivering more than 16,000 babies, the majority of whom were delivered while she was on staff at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Ind. She also worked tirelessly to educate fellow doctors, nurses and other hospital staff and gave lectures to citizen and professional groups on childbirth education, breastfeeding and human sexuality.
Dr. Rawlins was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and also the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. She helped found the International Childbirth Education Association and served for more than 30 years as a consultant to the board of the La Leche League International. A writer of many articles for medical publications, Dr. Rawlins also wrote a series of articles for Free Spirit magazine and The Way Magazine entitled, "Hey God, How Come You Made Us This Way?" She spent her professional career receiving answers to this most fervent prayer and shared her wisdom, insight and experience with her patients, colleagues and many friends.
In the fall of 1980, Dr. Rawlins' nine-session presentation about pregnancy and childbirth, "A New Life," was produced. This teaching overflowed with the great love she has for God, the human body and the miracle of birth. Even in the "Doctor's Book of Home Remedies," published by Rodale Press, Dr. Rawlins' very practical advice to new mothers regarding breastfeeding was quoted extensively. During her 45-plus years of obstetrical practice, Dr. Rawlins learned that a key to a successful professional and personal life was in giving freely to others, and this she did daily with joy and thankfulness to God. She gave her all each day in thanks to Him and was an active participant in fellowship gatherings with The Way International since 1976.
On June 30, 1993, Dr. Rawlins hung up her stethoscope, sold her home and "retired", although she never, ever referred to herself as being "retired", nor did she ever stop teaching and sharing her "down-to-earth" wisdom. After having lived in Rome City, Ind., for six years, she moved to N.C. to live with one of her sons and his family.
Dr. Rawlins' family would like to thank Dr. James Dilley, who worked tirelessly with her and for her. She had so much love and respect for you, Dr. Dilley.
To the wonderful staff on the 8th floor at Forsyth Medical Center, we want you to know how much your care meant to her and even though she hated being in the hospital, she surely loved seeing all of you.
To the loving staff and friends at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living, thank you for everything, especially all of the many, many things you did every day to make her life the best it could possibly be.
And to the household believers of The Way, her life was enriched and blessed beyond measure because of the tremendous love, care and attention you gave to her for over 30 years and especially during the last season of her life.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3:30 p.m.Saturday, March 3, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. The Rev. Joseph Wren will officiate.
Published in the Winston-Salem Journal on 3/1/2007.
A memorial discussion for those who knew Dr. Rawlins can be found in GreaseSpot's forum.