A Midwife's Tale

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A Midwife's Tale

The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679733768, 464pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 1991


Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.

Praise For A Midwife's Tale

"A major source through which we can vicariously experience the rural life of early New England." --Carl N. Degler, The New York Times Book Review