A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

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Vintage Books, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
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Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in 27 years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society -- a portrait that sheds light on its medical practices, religious squabbles and sexual mores.

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Diary of a midwife in Hallowell, Maine; daily entries give insight into the life of the community, particularly the women’s economic network that is missing from histories; explicated by Ulrich. The ... Read full review

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Sometimes I need more than 5 stars to review a book, this is one. Fascinating book revealing life on the edge at the beginning of white America. Every day every action, every death, every birth, every ... Read full review

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Exceeding Dangerously ill
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warpt a piece
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Mrs Foster has sworn a Rape on a number of men
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