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Midwives in Montana

Women in early Montana helped mothers deliver babies in all sorts of places, from cabins to shanties to teepees. Folks called them midwives and they were respected members of their communities. Within a century, though, midwives were targeted and told to quit their work. This is the story of the women who fought for the right to birth at home and the state legislature that acted to protect their profession.

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