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The Nov. 11 entry recounts one of just two times that Martha called in a doctor to help with a delivery. The other time was May 19, 1792.
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As on Nov. 11, a doctor was present at a delivery Martha presided over on October 10, 1794, but in the latter case the mother and her family called the doctor, not Martha. Investigate that event in-depth in Martha and a Man-Midwife.
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The Nov. 12 entry is relevant to the " Martha Ballard and Money" Theme in Martha Ballard's Diary
Birth. X Henry Babcocks Dafter born at five in
I was Calld at 5 O Clock y
s morn to Henry Babcocks,
his wife being in Travil. arivd there about Day Light; found her
put to bed, the operation performd By mrs Smith. mrs Babcock
I found in Severe pain; her complaints So great & Shee very
Desireous I should inquire into y e Cause. I Complyd
& found her greatly ingered by some misshap. mrs Smith does
not alow y t Shee was Sencible of it. however her, Viz
mrs Bab ks, Distres was so very Severe we were apprehencive
Shee was Expiring. Sent for Doct Colman But Dr Williams
fortunately Came in & prescribed remidies which aford Some
relief. I Left him there & returnd home at 10/PM.
I am at home. Doc
t Wms Calld here on his return from
mr Babcocks. Enforms me y t She is Some more Comfortable;
he has hopes She may recover. mr Smily here. we b t
18 lb of Butt r of him. we paid him one Dollar in
Cash & three at Daves s Store; we are to give one
Shilling pr pound.
Clear Morn, Cloudy aft. I attended Divine Servis. Cap
Grant & mrs Foster here in intermish n.
I went to See mrs Babcock, found her very Low. Son Town here this
mr John Jones taken & brot to Pollards.
Son Town went home from here. mr Ballard went to Cabese. I went to mr Suels to visit his fammily y
t were Sick. There were a gang went to Saml Duttuns & took Joh n Jones; Brought him to Pollards. tarrd till morn when they Set out with him for wiscasett.