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Historians bemoan the paucity of primary sources such as diaries or letters written or considered important enough to preserve. Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote: “Without documents, there is no history. ”6 Although most certainly there were midwives in the tribes of the Native American Indians, even less is known about them. The first colonial settlers were in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. They were all male. The first women arrived in 1608. The Mayflower arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 and had both men and women.

She was first imprisoned by house arrest in the home of the brother of one of her accusers and was located where she could be regularly visited by the ministers to try and convince her of the error of her ways and get her to recant. When they were unsuccessful, they excommunicated her from the church. Anne Hutchinson on trial. 14 Following his death in 1642, Anne Hutchinson withdrew entirely from control by the English in the jurisdiction of Massachusetts and moved to Pelham Bay in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, which later became New York City.

Their presence enabled the new mother to rest, lie-in with her new baby, and regain her strength before resuming her household responsibilities. In New England, this period ended with the new mother giving a “groaning party” of appreciation. 16 Women breastfed their babies for about a year, which provided a natural family spacing of about a year between birth and the next pregnancy. Childbirth was traditionally in the control of women and took place in their homes. ”17 Men were excluded from childbirth.

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