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Midwifery and Herbal Medicine


Midwife Martha Ballard assisted in more than 800 births in 37 years and was often called for day-to-day medical treatment of the people of Hallowell and Augusta.

  • Midwives delivered most of the babies in Hallowell and Augusta, Maine, but a change had begun in favor of using man-midwives. We'll show you one of Martha Ballard's encounters with a man-midwife, the controversy that swirled around midwifery in that century, and (by comparison) Martha's very successful social childbirth practice that used herbs and other low-tech treatments.

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