Wednesday Wrap-up July 24

Here in Utah, it is Pioneer Day, a huge state holiday. It celebrates the day that the Mormon Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. One of the cool things about the early days of their settlement here is that midwifery was kind of a big deal. So I thought I’d share some of those stories with you – I’ve just included snippets, there is more if you read the links:

Matilda Hales – The night of May 16, 1917, was an especially busy time for Matilda. She wascalled to the Henry Dewsnup residence in the center of Deseret late that evening todeliver a baby. In the meantime, at the other end of town, Inga Black went into labor andwas about to deliver. Her husband, Verno Black, got so excited that he sent his father tothe Dewsnup residence to see if he could not “do something” to get Matilda to the Blackresidence faster. However, while Grandfather Black was pacing the floor at the Dewsnupresidence, not knowing what he could possibly do to speed things up at that location,Matilda finished the delivery and was halfway to the Black’s home before he even realizedshe had left. By the end of the next day there were two new residents for the communityof Deseret, Arprilla Dewsnup and Dean Black

Lousia Obray – During Louisa’s career she delivered an estimated 800 babies. She charged just $3.00 for her services which included bathing both mother and child and nine days of post-natal care.

A look at the kind of midwifery lessons pioneer midwives would have had.

In other news:
In the wake of the intense attention during the recent royal birth, some tips for parents and family about how and when to announce the news. I have similar advice here.

Save money on your labor needs by shopping at the dollar store.

A new fabulous resource for anxiety in pregnancy and post partum!

Good advice on how to change your care provider in pregnancy. It’s not always easy, but it can be SO worth it!

For today’s video, a TED talk from a pioneering midwife, Ina May Gaskin:

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