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
- 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.