Seattle Pioneer Midwife

Seattle Pioneer Midwife

Alice Ada Wood Ellis : Midwife, Nurse & Mother to All : as Told by Her Great-granddaughter

Book - 2014 | 2nd ed
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"This is the captivating story of my great-grandmother Alice Ada Wood Ellis - who was a single mother with two small children - Myrtle who was 2 1/2 years old and Marie who was a 6 month-old baby. She traveled to Seattle in 1900 on a locomotive steam train to join the Alaska-Yukon-Klondike Gold Rush Stampede. She built a home in Green Lake. Soon after she placed two beds in her front parlor in her home and helped women with birthing. She fulfilled her calling as a pioneer midwife-nurse. This epic saga includes life in 1895 nursing schools, train robbers, birthing in the home, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, women's suffrage, bubonic plague and unclaimed children. Stories from the 1918 Great Pandemic Flu and the Great Depression conclude this remarkable journey. This is Alice's story"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: [United States] : [publisher not identified], [2014]
Edition: 2nd ed
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781494763527
Branch Call Number: 618.20233 EL591F 2014
Characteristics: 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Mar 04, 2018

I originally borrowed the book because I have the author as a professor. A large print, double spaced book with historical photographs, it presents the reader with a historical perspective on not only birthing but also the early history of nursing schools and the wild west history of Seattle. The main character is a strong woman who makes a living for herself offering para-nursing care for women to whom others may not have cared. I enjoyed this book as a first stepping stone to read other birthing books and picked my next books from the author's bibliography.

May 27, 2014

I appreciate the fact that the library got this book. It reads like a blend of thesis/story/history and is fascinating. It tells the story of a young woman, recently divorced (very undignified at the time so she told people in Seattle when she had moved there from the Midwest that she was a widow), who finds a career in Seattle in the early 1900s. She had a year of midwifery school, so her parlor became a birthing center, often to prostitutes. I learned a great deal about Seattle at that times, the role of women, and the development of the medical field. It is an important part of local Seattle history.


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Aug 17, 2015

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