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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User Review  - NatalieSW - LibraryThing

Excellent use of a rare diary of a woman, a self-described "gadder" — a woman who leaves home frequently to interact with neighbors — and a woman whose medical work impinged on the very separate ... Read full review

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User Review  - creynolds - LibraryThing

Generally pretty interesting information about a woman's life in the late 1700s-early 1800s based on her diary. My only criticism is that I think the author sometimes treated her interpretations of ... 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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