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Happy Birthday, Kirsten! by Janet Beeler Shaw
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Apr 04, 11

bookshelves: children, historical-fiction, novels, scandinavia
Read on April 04, 2011

Not as good as #'s 1 and 3, but still good. Kirsten confronts the very real frontier fear of something happening to her Mama during childbirth, and there is an old-fashioned barn raising in the mix t'boot.

Wasn't too keen on what the "Peek Into the Past" section had to say about midwives, though: "When American girls like Kirsten were growing up, babies were born at home. Doctors and hospitals were scarce on the frontier, so women called midwives helped mothers give birth to their babies."

Medicine was primitive on the frontier? True. Lots of babies died? True. The implication that doctors and hospitals are overall better than midwives? Not necessarily true. In the past, midwives were looked down upon by doctors, but there were times when a hospital was a death trap for a pregnant woman with all of the contagion, lack of hygiene, and gruesomely unnecessary medical procedures. So, I was very disappointed by that little paragraph.
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