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GenealogyMagazine.com - Confessions of a Colonial Midwife
Midwives assisting unwed mothers were often expected to testify in court and reveal the father's name. Puritans believed that women endured so much anguish during childbirth that they would make a confession to the trusted midwife, thereby saving the community from the expense of raising a child.
Harvard University Library - Open Collections Program: Women Working, 1800-1930
Women Working, 18001930 is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University.